Chicago Fed Volunteers Teach Business Basics
On July 15 and 17, a group of Chicago Fed volunteers gave students at Cristo Rey Jesuit and Christ the King Jesuit High Schools in Chicago an introduction to basic job skills as part of the schools' Summer Business Institute program.
The program prepares high school students from low-income families to work in business settings as part of the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). Through CWSP, students offset the majority of their tuition costs by working at sponsoring businesses one day a week during the academic year. The Latino Resource Association and the Women's Impact Network, two of the Chicago Fed’s Employee Support Networking Groups, recruited volunteers that traveled to the schools. These dedicated volunteers lead classes in team building, public speaking and office skills like filing and Outlook during the Summer Business Institute.
"All of our incoming freshmen are required to go through this training and we put a special focus on communication," said Lillie Sellers, CWSP director of corporate relations. "Having the volunteers onsite gives students the chance to learn from and interact with the professionals they may be working for."
For the third year the Chicago Fed will sponsor students through the CWSP by hosting nine students from both Christ the King and Cristo Rey Jesuit High Schools during the 2014-2015 school year. Students will support staff in a variety of the Bank’s departments and will also benefit from informal mentorship, hands-on work experience and practicing soft skills such as networking and relationship building.
Volunteer outreach activities like this are part of the Chicago Fed's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts to provide economic and financial education to minority and female high school students and better understand paths to careers in finance and economics.
If you are interested getting in more information about connecting a group of minority or all girl high school students with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago please contact Jeannette Robles in Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (312) 322-8217.