CLEVELAND — 42connect, Cleveland-based digital marketing agency, and Tomorrow’s Team, a non-profit that supports underserved youth, worked together recently to surprise Fugees Academy students with much-needed winter clothes and gear. The gift was one of many both 42connect and Tomorrow’s Team have made to Fugees Academy and the Fugees Family organization over the past 2 years.
Fugees Family is a non-profit devoted to working with child survivors of war who relocate to the United States. The organization empowers refugees to integrate successfully into their new homes, providing them with support and structure to realize their vast potential. The Fugees Academy program takes this empowerment a step further; as a formal school, located in Columbus, Ohio, the Academy provides a unique and targeted educational experience for refugees – focusing on language along with core math and science skills. The organization also operates a school in Atlanta, and strives to open additional Academy locations, including one in the Cleveland area.
42connect’s relationship with Fugees Family is personal for 42connect co-owner Hany ElHibir. During Hany’s 3 year stay in Amman, Jordan, ElHibir attended high school with Fugees Family founder, Luma Mufleh, where they both learned how the right educational environment can foster strong entrepreneurial skills and set individuals up for success in life. “The work Mufleh has done to start and grow Fugees Family is not only inspiring, but much needed. To see her passion for coaching children and helping them learn has become a national model for refugee education,” ElHibir said.
ElHibir draws on his company’s digital marketing expertise to help spread the Fugees Family message on social and online channels. When he learned about the need for supplies for Academy students, he reached out to Tomorrow’s Team founder, Patrick Abrahams to pool their efforts. Tomorrow’s Team, also a non-profit, provides underserved youth with scholarships and community-enrichment programs including civic, academic and athletic leadership opportunities.
From there, the idea grew, and ElHibir drove to Columbus to surprise the students with the donation. “It was truly incredible to see the kids’ faces and experience the Academy-environment first-hand,” said ELHibir. “It really brings to light the importance of Mufleh’s work.”
42connect is a digital marketing agency located in Cleveland, Ohio, committed to helping businesses grow. Our team is passionate about getting our clients more online leads and website sales. We specialize in SEO services, PPC advertising, social media management, and email marketing to achieve conversion-focused results.