If you know me, you know I love to compete in Triathlons. Swimming, biking and running are my therapy and one of the best mental & physical challenges I push myself to do. In January of this year, I had my second postpartum surgery. The recovery set me back from my original goal of competing in my 4th Half Ironman distance of 70.3 miles this June. Though, I am thankful I can do Chicago Triathlon's Olympic distance. And the best part - it's for an amazing organization like One Million Degrees (OMD)!
I first learned about the great work OMD does after meeting the Executive Director, Paige, who happened to be in my Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows class of 2019 (the best class yet). As a result, OMD took part at the Chicago Park District's Teen Opportunity Fair coordinated by the Teen Committee of the park district (which I have the honor of chairing). We are committed to establishing new partnerships and provide additional resourses to the young people of Chicago. I met their wonderful staff committed to sharing information about OMD to our teens from Chicago's Southside.
One Million Degrees is the only organization in Illinois 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.
Help these students succeed in life!