Derek Akner ’12, who will soon join the marketing and investor relations team at Nikko Asset Management, is raising money during February and March for Covenant House’s “Sleep Out” program to support homeless youth.
For more than 40 years, Covenant House has offered food, shelter and guidance to young people in need. Through 21 locations across the United States, Canada and Latin America, the organization serves more than 56,000 homeless young people each year, with nearly 4,000 in New York.
Akner — who most recently served as assistant vice president of marketing at the global financial information services company Markit — will “sleep out” on the streets of New York with a group of likeminded young professionals on Friday, March 18 to draw attention to the people Covenant House serves and the issues they face.
“Thousands of kids spend each night on the unforgiving streets of our great cities,” says Akner, who majored in economics, minored in environmental studies and played lacrosse at Hobart. “Countless others are staying with relatives or friends, dreading the day when there is no one else to take them in. By participating in the Sleep Out, I am doing my small part to make sure the doors stay open for all who need them.”
Read more about the program or support Akner here.