The Midtown Educational Foundation’s (MEF) 27th Annual Reach for Excellence Dinner provided an electric energy as roughly 450 new and old friends converged at the Four Seasons on a brisk October night. The familial atmosphere was evident to each guest, mirroring the feeling one feels when walking into one of MEF’s centers. As Executive Director, Glenn Wilke, said, “what we teach at the centers, we practice at our events.”
On September 1, Tim Rivelli interviewed Glenn Wilke, Midtown Educational Foundation Executive Director, on his Saturday morning show, "Profiles in Mercy". Profiles In Mercy, a 30-minute interview program, explores these vital questions through the inspirational testaments of those who bring mercy into the lives of others.
Chicago, IL – August 27th – Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF), a foundation that guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success through proven enrichment programs that embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental engagement. MEF would like to announced it has received a grant for $15,000 USD from Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.
A contingent from Discover Financial’s law team recently made their annual trip to Midtown Center for boys to conduct a mock trial with the high school Law Apprenticeship program. Students in the apprenticeship spend their summer learning about the law through hands on projects, as well as immersive field trips and interactive career talks from center visitors.
Juan Vasquez, a Midtown alumnus and current member of MEF’s Board of Directors, recently joined the apprentices for an engaging discussion on perseverance toward one’s mission. Juan currently works for CyrusOne, a tech company that builds warehouses to house large servers which handle sensitive and important data.
Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) was the grateful recipient of a $100,000 grant from the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.! This grant will help fund MEF's College Orientation Program (COP) for low-income high school youth in Chicago.
Former Midtown student Zion received an incredible gift from United Airlines and Golden State Warriors player Shaun Livingston. Last year, Zion was diagnosed with bone cancer. Check out the amazing video that showcases Zion and Livingston’s new friendship.
Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Woman, came to Chicago on March 2nd to speak at MEF’s 21st Annual MAC Luncheon where over 295 MEF advocates and supporters gathered to raise over $101,000 in support of MEF’s student programming. Alum Giovanna shared, "Metro inspires girls who don’t see themselves represented anywhere else, girls who often don’t think they are worthy of succeeding. Metro teaches us we can do anything we put our mind to. This is why the city of Chicago needs a place like Metro. This is why I needed Metro."
For two weeks in February, Parent Nights were held at Metro. The parents of all Metro students came to learn and grow in order to best lead their families. The topic at hand was both a tough but important one: “Can We Talk? Communication in the Digital Age.”
MEF is happy to announce that we now accept gift cards as donations. If you have unused gifts cards collecting dust in your wallet or desk drawer, please consider donating them in support of MEF programs and services.
Over winter break, Midtown and Metro hosted events for their alumni, now in college or recently graduated. It was wonderful to see handfuls of alumni gather together as a community in the places many refer to as their “second home.”
Over 540 advocates and friends came out this past Tuesday, October 17th to support Midtown Educational Foundation (midtown-metro)! Over $1MM was raised on behalf of students and their families as Ed Wehmer of Wintrust and Kristi Savacool of Aon Hewitt were honored as some of Chicago's finest executives!
Students participating in the summer business apprenticeship at Metro were treated to an amazing learning experiece at Potbelly’s corporate office in Chicago. Employees teamed up to provide an in-depth look into the many facets of Potbelly’s unique corporate culture.
Law teams from Discover Financial and Burr Forman visited the Midtown Law Apprenticeship for a full day of career and educational advice, an overview of the American justice process and a mock oral argument of an actual United States Supreme Court case.
A unique full-day program in Chicago, called the PRep PRogram, sponsored by the PRSA Foundation, DePaul University and MEF introduced 125 Midtown & Metro apprenticeship students to the field of Public Relations.
Metro hosted its 17th annual Parent Conference on Saturday, April 22nd, providing workshops and open discussions for parents about college enrollment and financial aid, technology and our children and more.
MEF Board Member and former General Counsel to the National Security Council under President George W. Bush gave a riveting presentation on his experiences in the White House at the latest MEF Breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.