Mark your calendar for MEF's second largest fundraising event of the year! Registration and sponsorship details to come.
The Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner offers an opportunity to help place Chicago’s disadvantaged youth on a path to success.
More than 300 guests were still in a festive mood at MEF’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party on January 5, 2017 at Macy’s on State Street.
The Midtown community came together just before Christmas to assemble and deliver Christmas baskets to nearly 300 Chicago families in need.
MEF's Glenn Wilke sits down with David Dault on the radio show Things Not Seen to discuss MEF's impact on Chicago youth, and the future of the organization.
Rebeca Valencia, Metro alum, volunteer and part-time staff member, was featured by My Favorite Outfit as part of their "Women Who Inspire Us" series.
PR apprenticeship instructor Aray Rivera reflects on his summer working with the high school students at Midtown Center for boys.
Dr. & Mrs. Don Haider and Tonise Paul received the Reach for Excellence Award at MEF's 25th Awards Dinner on October 11, 2016. Over $966,000 was raised to support Chicago youth!
MEF welcomes Peter Ladwein as the new Director at Midtown Center for boys.
Funeral and Wake arrangements for our beloved friend, teacher and mentor, Dr. Jerry Shepherd.
Candace Vogler leads a team of philosophers at the University of Chicago who are studying: "Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life. She recently shared some of her observations about human nature and happiness at MEF's Breakfast with Champions speaker series.
For the third consecutive year, the PRSA Foundation has awarded a grant to DePaul University and Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) to encourage Chicago minority high school students to pursue a career in public relations or journalism.
MEF will honor Dr. Don Haider, board member of nearly 20 years and distinguished professor at the Kellogg School of Managment at the October 11th Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner.
Read a re-cap of the summer, the latest MEF in the news features, upcoming events and more!
This summer, MEF students heard from 81 professional career speakers, went on 5 service trips, took 32 behind the scenes tours at Chicago corporations and enjoyed fun & educational field trips at 21 of Chicago's cultural institutions!!
After an afternoon with 7 attorneys from Discover Financial Services and 2 partners from Burr & Forman, the Midtown Law Apprentice students have a deep appreciation for the law and the grit, determination and preparation it takes to argue cases in front of the bench.
Midtown's Architecture Apprentices presented drawing and models to a panel of architects, architecture students, and Midtown alumni, gaining valuable insights on their designs and what it takes to become an architect.
Midtown & Metro Business Apprenticeship students spent a day at Potbelly's Support Center learning about the company's culture and values—many of which align strongly with MEF's Character Education model! CEO Aylwin Lewis also presented a check to six student CEOs for Potbelly's contribution to MEF programs from the 6-week long milkshake fundraiser.
Read the first three editions of the Midtown Voice, the student newspaper published weekly by the PR/Communications Apprenticeship at Midtown Center for boys in Chicago!
Metro's Center director shares her insights and advice for helping to curb the city's violence on the July 8th edition of EWTN News Nightly.
The January 1998 edition of Philanthropy, Culture, & Society was dedicated entirely to the Midtown Achievement Program (MAP). Now, nearly 20 years later, the same group interviewed Glenn Wilke in a follow-up comprehensive look at MEF's standard setting approach to helping at-risk youth.
Meet six of the many dedicated professionals working behind the scenes to make the summer program one to remember for Chicago's at-risk youth!!
Alumni updates, spring program & event re-cap, former staff profiles and more!
The 2016 Crain's Giving Guide featured MEF's apprenticeship program in a feature about how companies can help educate Chicago's youth by partnering to provide and fund internships.
ABC7 interviews Captain Katie Higgins, the first female Blue Angels pilot at the 19th Annual Metro Advancement Council Luncheon benefiting Chicago's at-risk urban youth.
Tickets are 1 for $25 and 5 for $100. If you buy raffle tickets in advance, they are automatically entered to win the $5,000 grand prize! If you buy tickets at the event, you'll choose to enter your tickets to win one of the prize baskets or the grand prize.
From April 18 - June 6, Potbelly will donate one dollar to MEF summer programs when customers buy a Cookie Collision Milkshake. On April 21, they will donate 50% of dinner sales at four locations.
MEF parents gathered to hear presenters discuss topics centered on the conference theme, "Love: the Mission of the Family." They left embracing the message of the day: loving your children and creating a loving home environment will lead to a happy state.
Former Steve Jobs PR manager and marketing guru, Andy Cunningham, dazzled a packed house at 1871 with life lessons and her bright vision for the future.
MEF Executive Director Glenn Wilke shares MEF's nationally recognized approach to Character Education on the widely syndicated radio show, Viewpoints.
We asked MEF students what characteristics they would like to see in the next president of the United States!
Read a re-cap of what's been happening at Midtown Center for boys, upcoming events, alumni updates, and program highlights!
Two dozen 4th-6th grade girls met at Metro to bake cookies, hear a character talk and then visited a home for the elderly to play games and share their cookies on a Metro service trip.
Metro students took a field trip to Washington D.C. to visit museums, tour Georgetown University, attend a Human Dignity Conference and participate in the March for Life.
On February 2, MEF Executive Director Glenn Wilke participated in a panel discussion sponsored by DePaul University’s Career Center on a subject that’s near and dear to his heart – the business of philanthropy.
The Metro Advancement Council (MAC) presented a series of professional development workshops for Metro alumnae.
A Midtown high school student finds a mentor that he can look up to and trust in the Summer PR/Journalism Apprenticeship.
Sam Bell, Dr. Kathryn Duda, Tad Brubaker and Sam Brilliant recieved the Volunteer of the Year Awards at the annual Volunteer Appreciateion Party.
MEF's Auxiliary Board Jack Diamond talks about his experiences tutoring, exciting plans for the Auxiliary Board and this year's rooftop Soiree.
Midtown students, staff and alumni join together to deliver over 300 Christmas baskets to Chicago area families.
MEF celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to give thanks for 50 years of inspiring student success at St. Mary of the Angels Church.
MEF, Midtown Center for boys, and Metro Achievement Center for girls all received The Gold Star Mentoring Program Award from the Illinois Mentoring Partnership.
Over 100 people gathered for a Breakfast Panel with Chicago civic leaders about the importance of mentoring for our city's youth.
Alumni updates, upcoming events and testimonials from Midtown Center for boys
A record-setting crowd of 540 guests enjoyed MEF's 50th anniversary gala on November 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The event raised more than $1.1 million, a record amount, to support virtue-based academic enrichment programs at Midtown & Metro.
An open letter to the Chicago business community by Glenn Wilke.
Opusdei.org featured MEF's five alumni profiles on the Social Initiatives tab of their website on the occastion of the 50th Anniversary.
"I was interested in working this summer mainly to give back to a community I support. Metro has a warm and welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door. The women on staff work very hard to demonstrate individual attention, a care for parent education and respect towards each girl and her intellectual, personal and spiritual development."
Congrats to tournament winners AIM Consulting! Together, we raised over $11,000 for MEF kids! Couldn’t make it the kickball tournament, but want to give back? Consider joining Midtown or Metro as a volunteer this school year!
John Kass, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, spoke at MEF's “Breakfast with Champions.” MEF’s focus on virtues and parents really struck a chord with Kass. “This organization is critical,” he said. “Talking about virtues really struck me. The people who provide virtues are parents.”
Yaa Owusu, Metro Alum and Pediatric Dentist, was featured by the Chicago Community Trust, as part of their "Stories of Philanthropy" series.
Two Midtown PR/Journalism Apprentices wrote a letter to the editor at the Chicago Tribune that ran this week. They encourage community leaders and lawmakers to build more programs that help prevent violence, like Midtown Center for boys.
MEF Program Managers discuss character at MEF, Apprenticeships and 50th Anniversary plans on Patrick McCormack's Relevant Radio show, "On the Front Porch." Listen to the segment!
In this our fiftieth year, Midtown had its largest Summer Program ever with 440 students from 4th through 12th grade. Read more for a summer re-cap and alumni update!
Watch the 3-minute news coverage of Larry Yellen from Fox 32 Chicago touring Metro's summer programs.
A Catholic New World article features Midtown Parent Program Director, Arturo Baranda, speaking about parenting classes as a way to curb youth violence.
David Elliot, attorney at law at Burr & Forman and a group of attorneys from Discover visited the Midtown Center to meet with the Law Apprenticeship students and implement a mock trial.
Two four-minute features aired on Fox News Channel. They are based on a day-long series of interviews which Kelly Wright conducted at Midtown Center for boys on Friday July 17 & at the Midtown Center Reunion on July 18.
Midtown Center alumni from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s gathered for a festive 50th anniversary reunion at the original home of the Midtown Center for boys on Loomis & Lexington.
Mr. Dan Jorndt shared some "Jorndt Jolts" of advice with Metro's summer Business, Engineering and Hospitality Apprentices.
Midtown student Danny Sanchez interviews Andy Clark for a story in the Midtown Voice newspaper.