After years of running, I have finally decided to tackle my first 26.2 miler at the 2019 Chicago Marathon on October 13th in support of One Million Degrees (OMD). I have had the privilege of working with OMD for almost 4 years as an Associates Board member, coach and corporate partner. My goal of $2,500 will provide one academic year of professional development support to an OMD scholar.
One Million Degrees (https://onemilliondegrees.org/) is the only organization in Illinois and one of few in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive supports to low-income, highly motivated community college students to help them succeed in school, in work, and in life. From tutors and coaches to financial assistance and professional development, OMD offers the support that empowers scholars to transform their lives and those around them for generations. OMD Scholars graduate at twice the state average with the skills and experiences necessary to launch economically mobile careers.
Currently in its 12th year of programming, OMD continues to expand the number of scholars it supports to be a catalyst for change in Chicago. OMD partners with 10 Chicago-area community colleges, including the seven City Colleges of Chicago, Harper College, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College. OMD serves about 700 scholars across the region in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Thank you for your support!