In the Feb. 27, 2007 Chicago Sun Times, the feature editorial focuses on the high drop out rate for Chicago Public School Students, and demands action from CPS to solve the problem. I wrote about this on my blog and I hope you'll read the article and pass it on.
I want to focus on is the opportunity that the business community has to help solve this problem. On February 13th, a CEO Summit on Volunteerism was held in New York City. Jim Morsch, Chair of the SunTimes Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program, was an attendee. Jim summarized what took place and his comments are posted below:
CEO Summit on Corporate Volunteerism
Jim Morsch, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP,
Chair, Exec Committee, SunTimes Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend a Hand to Youth Program (http://www.lend-a-hand.org ) participant, observation:
On May 29 and 30 the T/MC will host its 29th Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference since May 1994. We want to engage the busienss community in solving the drop out crisis and turn it into a workforce development and diversity opportunity. We want to engage corproations and their leaders and employees as partners in a long-term stragey that makes volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring programs available to youth in every high poverty neighborhood of every big city in America.
I'm recruiting speakers and workshop leaders now and one way for business to be involved is to organize workshops where they share their expertise in marketing, planning, communications, team building and technology with non profit organizations, while they learn from us and each other new ways where they and their employees can become strategic partners of tutor/mentor programs and owners of this strategy.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-492-9614 if you'd like to discuss the CEO Summit, the role of mentoring in a workforce development strategy, or other ways to become involved with the Tutor/Mentor Connection.