Friday, July 31, 2009

Boeing Continues Support to Chicago High Schools

CHICAGO — New Leaders for New Schools, a nationally recognized program devoted to urban education reform through cutting-edge principal training and support, and The Boeing Company today announced that The Boeing Company Charitable Trust has awarded $320,000 in support of New Leaders' work in Chicago high schools. This grant brings Boeing's seven-year commitment to the Chicago program to $2.4 million.

As a leading supporter of New Leaders for New Schools, The Boeing Company is a member of the national board of New Leaders. Last year, Anne Roosevelt, Vice President of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship, received a Leadership Award at the New Leaders' Chicago's Leadership Awards Gala for being an extraordinary advocate for Chicago Public School children.

"All research shows that when there is strong school and classroom leadership, children do better," said Nora Moreno Cargie, director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship in Chicago. "We want to continue to support the results seen by New Leaders for New Schools, where on average students in schools where they are engaged outperformed the district in math and reading. Additionally, New Leaders-led high school students graduated at a rate of 81 percent, compared with district average graduation rates of 69 percent in the 2007-08 academic year."

New Leaders for New Schools has partnered with Chicago Public Schools since 2001. 135 New Leaders have been trained and are driving change and ensuring student achievement for nearly 50,000 Chicago Public School children.

New Leaders is incredibly grateful for the amazing support The Boeing Company has provided our Chicago program," said Jon Schnur, New Leaders for New Schools CEO. "Their generous contribution fuels our pursuit to propel academic improvements for the children in Chicago Public Schools."

New Leaders for New Schools mission ensures high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead, at scale. It has partnerships in Baltimore, the Bay Area of California, Charlotte, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, Greater New Orleans, New York City, Prince George's County (MD), and Washington, DC. Since 2000, New Leaders has selected and trained over 550 outstanding leaders from over 8,500 applicants. New Leaders for New Schools was recognized in 2005 as the highest rated social enterprise and nonprofit in the nation by Fast Company magazine, and was the only national group chosen by the U.S. Department of Education in its best practices guide to school leadership.

Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.

Although Boeing is a company that works in countries across the world and could receive more attention by supporting a national or even international nonprofit, they haven't forgotten the importance of supporting their community. Their donation of over $2.4 million, over the last seven years to local education, is an investment in their community, but also in employees and their families. It's refreshing to see a large company adopt such practices. I am sure their employees appreciate the investment in their children's future.

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