Chicago Child Care Society celebrates its 170thAnniversary this year. Founded in 1849, the organization sought to implement societal changes and combat some of the city’s challenges, first as an orphanage, and now with its goal to provide early childhood education and youth development.
At its Dream Builders Luncheon, John W. Rogers, Jr., founder, chairman, chief executive and chief investment officer at Ariel Investments, received the 2019 Dream Builders Award. Rogers was recognized for his work in youth development and education, which aligns with Chicago Child care Society’s vision.
“Today’s job market is filled with financial services opportunities, yet many young people in our city don’t know what these jobs are,” Rogers said during a fireside chat with Dara Munson, CEO of Chicago Child Care Society. “By introducing students to this industry’s vocabulary at a young age, we’re laying the foundation for a future of possibilities. I like the idea of this next generation being financially sophisticated. It’s never too early to begin learning these ideas.”
The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects received the Community Partner Award. The organization created a student-led project which transformed a space at theHyde Park headquarters.
The event raised $153,000 to support programs for Chicago’s children, families and adolescents throughout the South Side and South suburbs.
“We know that in order to increase economic mobility parents and caregivers need stable employment that provides a livable wage, high quality education for their children, health care, and a network of support and hope,” Munson said. “The two-generation approach is about putting the whole familyon a path to economic security. We use this approach to reduce the number of families whose daily lives are filled with economic insecurity and to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.”