COLBA Non-Profit Profile: Chicago’s Midtown Educational Foundation

A Model for Enriching Chicago’s Disadvantaged Youth

MEF_Logo_wordsCOLBA is proud to support the non-profit groups in which its members are active, and as a part of that outreach, COLBA has elected to support Chicago’s Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF).

MEF helps inner-city kids to succeed in school and in life, through after-school enrichment programs that integrate academics with virtues.  Programs operate at two educational centers in Chicago that the Foundation supports:  the Midtown Center for boys and Metro Achievement Center for girls.

The programs are volunteer-driven with 17 volunteers for every one MEF staff member. And the programs are overwhelmingly successful:  MEF students enter college at nearly five times the rate of their inner-city peers around the country, and for the 13th consecutive year (as of 2013), 100% of MEF’s high school seniors have graduated from high school and entered college.

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MEF operates exclusively through private funding from corporations, foundations, and generous individual donors.  MEF’s funders often comment that they are motivated to support MEF in part from a desire to foster an educated, motivated future workforce from Chicago’s inner-city youth.  If you’d like to learn more, please contact Geoff Euston at 312-456-7018 or geuston@usequities.com.

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