City Year Chicago
Ripples of Hope Awards Dinner
The annual Ripples of Hope Awards Dinner provides essential revenue to City Year Chicago. It enables City Year Chicago to reach more than 16,000 Chicago Public Schools students by partnering with high-need schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what schools are designed and resourced to provide.
Grounded in Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 address to the University of Cape Town in South Africa, which illuminated the nature of social change, Kennedy proclaimed that every time an individual stood up against injustice, it would create a small “ripple of hope” that would eventually build a “current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” At Ripples of Hope, this is showcased through the civic contributions of our honorees, and the service of City Year Chicago’s AmeriCorps members.
This year, we are excited to honor Liz Thompson, President, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education and City Year Chicago's Founding Executive Director, The Honorable Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, and Janet Foutty, Executive Chair, The Deloitte Board. Last year's honorees, returning to serve as dinner co-chairs, are Dr. Mahalia Hines, President, Common Ground Foundation, J. Thomas Hurvis, Chairman, Old World Industries and President, Caerus Foundation, and Steve Quazzo, Co-Founder and CEO, Pearlmark.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
5:30 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Dinner
17 East Monroe Street
Jennifer Breslin email
City Year Chicago
City Year Chicago's mission is to advance educational equity and empower under-resourced communities, by providing learning environments that maximize student potential while developing and deploying the next generation of civic-minded change agents.
City Year Chicago is an education-based non-profit founded in 1994 with 55 AmeriCorps members. Twenty-six years later, 254 AmeriCorps members serve in 31 Chicago Public Schools across the city providing student, classroom, and whole class support.
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