City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program is one of five local beneficiaries announced for three J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge events in 2013 - Chicago, Boston and New York.
Beneficiaries selected for
Chicago, Boston and New York events
Three U.S. cities in the 2013 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series have announced their beneficiary partners.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., in honor of Corporate Challenge participants in Chicago (May 23), New York (June 12-13) and Boston (June 20), will make donations to the following organizations outlined below:
The 32nd annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at Grant Park, for the second consecutive year, will benefit the American Red Cross and Chicago Run.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
From the single-family house fire to the mass devastation of hurricanes and floods, the American Red Cross responds to over 70,000 disasters a year. In the Chicagoland area the American Red Cross responds to three to four disasters a day; the majority of these are home fires and nearly half of the people helped are children. It gives disaster victims comfort in the form of safe shelter, food, infant supplies, replacement medications and much more.
Chicago Run is a non-profit that implements and supports free running programs for Chicago Public Schools as a means of increasing physical fitness, improving self-esteem, and promoting digital learning and cross-community collaboration.
“Chicago Run is grateful to the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge and its support of our health programs for Chicago youth and children. Chicago Run programs not only benefit the physical health of our children, but also maximize their educational achievement, increase positive peer networks, and improve social/emotional health,” said Alicia Gonzalez, Executive Director of Chicago Run.
“As of spring 2013, Chicago Run serves over 16,000 students in 55 Chicago Public Schools in 33 neighborhoods across the city,” Gonzalez continued. “Thanks to the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge participants and our other supporters, more Chicago Public School students are on the fast track to health and fitness.”
The Central Park Conservancy is the beneficiary of the founding event of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series. The 3.5-mile event has been held in Central Park every year since 1977 with the Conservancy benefitting.
This year’s donation from JPMorgan Chase & Co. will benefit the Central Park Conservancy’s Central Play Campaign. This will reconstruct and enhance Central Park’s 21 beloved playgrounds and provide clean, safe space for the children of New York. Central Park’s playgrounds aim to nurture creativity and facilitate exploration and adventure for the Park’s littlest visitors. The Conservancy is undertaking this extensive campaign to bring all 21 playgrounds to the same standard of excellence throughout the Park and to provide the best possible environment and experience for everyone.
The 30th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in the Back Bay section of Boston will benefit the City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program and Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
Citi Performing Arts Center education department’s signature program, the City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program, provides youth with the paid opportunity to become community change agents and young cultural ambassadors. The program has three major elements: Leadership development, Career Training and Community Outreach. Through these elements, Teen Leaders acquire 21st Century Skills through creating original artistic pieces and educational lesson plans around social topics impacting Boston neighborhoods.
In summer 2012 the program featured 28 Teen Leaders of whom 26 live in the City of Boston. The leaders represented 20 different schools — most had no formal arts training and little to no arts in their schools. These teen leaders spent five weeks developing leadership and job development skills while also getting intensive dance, theatre and music classes and creating original performance pieces in all three performing arts areas from four talented teaching artists — culminating in a final performance of their original works at the Citi Wang Theatre and in community centers and public spaces all across Boston, reaching over 15,000 audience members.
Thanks to the partnership with the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, the summer program will increase from five to seven weeks, as well as increasing the Teen Leaders modest stipend to meeting minimum wage requirements for summer jobs in Boston. Because of this support, Citi Center is able to continue its mission of creating the next generation of creative thinkers, doers and leaders.
Modeled after New York’s Central Park Conservancy and Prospect Park Alliance, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy was incorporated in 1998 to protect, restore, maintain and promote the landscape, waterways and parkways of the Emerald Necklace park system as special places for people to visit and enjoy. This is the third consecutive year that the Emerald Necklace has served as a beneficiary in Boston.
“The support provided by the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge means that up to 50 urban teens and young adults will have jobs working in the parks and learning about urban ecology, climate change, and teamwork,” said Julie Crockford, President of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. “All four seniors in our Youth Leadership Program this spring have been accepted into college including one who will study horticulture. Thanks to the support from the Corporate Challenge, we're batting 100%!”
Charitable giving is an important component of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® Series, with JPMorgan Chase & Co. making locally-designated donations at each of our 13 events in seven countries on five continents.
The world's largest corporate running Series is continuing its long-standing tradition of supporting charities and institutions that contribute to an overall quality of life in the communities served by JPMorgan Chase.