Later this week, Education Matters Project will have the pleasure of attending US Empowered’s annual gala ceremony. Each year US Empowered hosts its annual Graduation Gala to celebrate the achievements of our Fellows and Program Directors, and offer an opportunity for community leaders to learn more about US Empowered, meet the Fellows and pledge their support.
On Wednesday, Marquis Parker and I are looking forward to joining the innovative nonprofit in welcoming the largest group of graduate to date. The team and Board of Directors for US Empowered have worked hard to create the event so we look forward to showing our support.
Founded by Jeff Nelsen, US Empowered is “the nation’s only teacher-led college persistence program, that identifies and trains highly effective teachers to lead students attending non-selective high schools in low-income communities to enroll in and graduate from college.”
To show just how far they have come, in 2007, US Empowered served 30 students at three Chicago high schools and this year, we are working with nearly 1,000 students and 44 teachers in 20 high schools. They really are doing great work here in Chicago, and will soon be expanding to a number of other cities.
At Kellogg and other leading MBA programs, business students seem to be increasingly seeking jobs in the education industry. For those considering that option, I highly recommend that you consider getting to know US Empowered. It’s a great organization with a great mission, and a strong team of staff and board members.
See below for a video clip from last years gala!