October 10, 2016
BENEFITING: AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS INC
ORGANIZER: AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Many of you know I have run a few marathons over the years. “Running His Own Race” is the title of the recently added feature on Ariel’s website. Yet just as joining the Ariel team made me a better investor, joining a special team for this October’s Chicago Marathon will make this my most meaningful marathon experience.
I have joined Team After School Matters to run this year’s race on behalf of the teens at ASM. Since Mellody Hobson became Chair in 2012 and introduced us to After School Matters, my wife Judy and I have been supporters of this phenomenally important organization, with Judy currently serving on the Advisory Board.
I am asking for your support as I take on this challenge.
By supporting my run in the 2016 Bank of Chicago Marathon, you will be supporting a wonderful organization, and taking a stand against violence and poverty in every neighborhood of Chicago. No matter how great or small, your gift will help make Chicago and its teens’ futures brighter.
After Schools Matters’ mission is simple: to provide Chicago public high school teens with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. During the out-of-school time hours, ASM annually provides more than 15,000 unique Chicago teens with high-quality, project-based apprenticeships.
More than 70% of After School Matters teens reside in Chicago’s lowest income communities, of which 87% are living in poverty. The majority of these teens come from the Austin neighborhood on the west side, where the annual per capita income is just $15,957. Austin is plagued by crime and gang violence and is also shadowed by one of the highest homicide rates in the city.
While ASM works tirelessly to provide as many programs as possible, the need is never met. In 2015, After School Matters had 38,681 unique applicants for an available 22,085 program opportunities – more than 16,500 opportunities short of demand.
Which is why I am asking for your support.
The minimum goal for a charity runner is $1,000, but I have set an ambitious goal of $5,000. Please help me in supporting Chicago’s teens!