Education is getting lessons in education. Alumni for Public Schools (APS) is creating the #100for100, an advisory board of 100 successful young professionals in Chicago improving public schools. We’re inviting you to join.
The #100for100, will do something no one else has done for kids in Chicago public schools – give their education the benefit of our education by expanding the quality and reach of APS programs.
APS volunteers have been working directly with Chicago public schools to make vital improvements for 11 years. We pair individual schools with university alumni associations to create academic, mentoring and career programs. Schools like Stewart Elementary pictured above. Our alumni partners include Boston College, Harvard University, University of Illinois and MIT to name a few.
By joining the #100for100 advisory board with a $100 contribution, you will be part of a movement that will provide the funds to bring academic, mentoring and career programs into a dozen additional schools between now and next April. Also:
- The #100for100 will have the choice and opportunity to read to kids on Fridays, help them with science fairs, be present for career days, explain what college was like, why they should be excited to go, and more.
- Invitations to #100for100 monthly mixers. We’ll have private, sponsored events so the advisory board can network with one another, share ideas, and discuss the progress we’re making. We’ll also profile two board members every week on this blog so that we can learn more about one another.
- We’ll turn ideas from possibilities to group projects. You can choose your level of involvement, and there are no traditional board meetings. We’ll use technology to manage projects, present ideas, get feedback from the #100for100, and solve problems. We’ll also discuss projects in-person, during mixers.
We can’t always give kids what they want. But when you become a member of the #100for100 with your $100 contribution, we will be able to give more students the education they need.
Have questions? Contact us at 100for100 at APS-Chicago dot org
APS is also looking for a couple summer interns, the board’s first project : http://bit.ly/APSintern
What exactly are the time commitments for advisory board members?
- How many meetings are there per month?
There are zero ‘monthly’ meetings, just one optional happy hour a month where we will have informal discussions and maybe a guest speaker or two. This board is designed to develop creative ideas and generate diverse feedback for the APS program, not to sit in unproductive meetings.
- The board is only 100 people, so are just the first 100 chosen?
Yes, we want people that can take action. This board will be filled with busy and successful young professionals. The board will be respectful of each other’s time and input. We want people that will commit today to help make an impact.
- How many events are we required to attend per month?
This will depend on the partnership or school you choose to work with, or what committee you are on. Not everyone will choose to be hands-on in this way so the answer is really zero. It is what you develop. Most schools do about six events each school year, taking the summer and holiday months off. Most events are a couple of hours.
- Are you sure there are no meetings?
We’ll probably have an annual meeting once a school year where we can celebrate our achievements, this will be something fun and inspirational that you’ll want to attend.
- This seems too easy, is there anything else?
Yes, We will have optional committees that will be formed to work on things like branding, marketing, fundraising, technology and PR. You may choose to lead a team, or participate in a discussion. Our vision is to have these teams develop ideas in small groups and then their work presented for feedback.
- So it seems like there is zero time commitment… but I can be as active as I’d like?
Exactly. We’ll keep you in the loop on everything we need feedback on, you choose how to participate.