Tonise Paul, CEO and President of Energy BBDO, accepts her award at MEF's 25th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner. "I learned a profoundly important lesson from Petra: "Once children know you love them, they will let you teach them." That must be why there is so much love at MEF: it's part of what is taught and it's part of how the students are taught. It shows itself in helpfulness, friendship, faith and diversity. Every day at MEF love shows up along with tutors, advisors, friends and parents, to help young lives envision and unlock their potential."
Claudia Valencia, a 2008 Metro Alum talks about seeing her potential at Metro.
Midtown opened for Leo Gomez. "We need these programs in Chicago. When I look at myself as a father, husband, coworker, friend... all of those things are still being influenced by Midtown."
"Since 8th grade I wanted to be a dentist and nothing was going to stop me. Metro encouraged me to accomplish this." --Yaa Owusu 1999 Metro Alumna & Pediatric Dentist
Al Castaneda, a 1975 Midtown alum, talks about life in the Chicago Pilsen neighborhood in the 1970's and how Midtown changed the trajectory of his life.
"Midtown & Metro develop kids to be the best they can be." - Jeremy Malone, 1997 Midtown Alum
An excerpt from an interview with Tom Sosnof on Bootstrapping in America
Hub Arkush of Chicago Football takes an inside look at the Midtown Apprenticeships.
"When I walked through Metro's doors for the first time, I felt accepted and and loved by so many caring young women. At Metro I felt important and valued. Growing up in Pilsen, it was a challenge to find a program that would help me in my schoolwork. Metro provided extra support in academics, and to my surprise, virtues."
50th Anniversary Gala Video
"When I went to Midtown I found a family...I quickly learned at Midtown that they accepted me for being myself. Places like Midtown give people hope that they can achieve their own vision for the future and not settle for the vision that others see for you."
On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Alywin Lewis, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Potbelly Sandwich Shop received the Midtown Educational Foundation Reach for Excellence Award at MEF's 50th Anniversary Gala.