Chicago’s urban youth will be inspired and guided to positively transform their lives, families, and communities.
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."
"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."
"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.