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Chase Announces $55,000 Grant to Expand IMSA ALLIES Learning and Leadership Program for CPS Students

Chase is continuing their support of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in announcing a $55,000 grant for the IMSA Chicago ALLIES program, a STEM-focused youth leadership development and workforce readiness program that works with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school students.jpmc_crop.jpg

IMSA’s ALLIES program prepares high school students to become STEM teachers and leaders. These high school students then deliver inquiry-based, hands-on STEM activities to elementary and middle school students in their local community. Through teaching, high school students further enhance their own learning, as well as honing facilitation, presentation, and workforce readiness skills.

Chase’s funding will go towards expanding the ALLIES program to an additional site within CPS, doubling the program to serve 180 high school students annually and reaching up to 1,800 elementary-middle school aged students. “The IMSA Chicago ALLIES are all excited to have the opportunity to participate in inquiry-based science activities and they love to pass on their knowledge to younger students,” said Sarah Antrim-Cambium, Coordinator for IMSA’s Chicago Field Office. “Now, with the funding provided by Chase, we will be able to reach so many more young people who want and need opportunities to develop their potential as scientists and leaders.” Additionally, the new funding will go towards an objective evaluation of the ALLIES program. This evaluation will show ALLIES’ return on investment to its constituents and the State of Illinois, and will help determine how best to sustain, scale and fund the program in the future.

Workforce readiness is a primary philanthropic goal of Chase, which includes supporting initiatives that educate and prepare youth for future careers. Charlie Corrigan, Senior Associate of Global Philanthropy at Chase, explained how IMSA helps to work towards this goal: “there is a tremendous need and appetite for cutting edge STEM instruction in our underserved communities, which IMSA can provide.” The ALLIES program is designed to teach 21st century skills that will help students compete in the global economy, and as Mr. Corrigan noted, “Chase and IMSA share the goal of preparing the next generation of the successful workforce.”

Chase has given $90,000 over the last three years in support of IMSA’s Math + Science = Teaching for Success program, a professional development program for CPS teachers that develops their ability to design and implement integrated classroom lessons for their students. Chase’s $55,000 grant nearly doubles the amount of yearly funding Chase has provided to IMSA’s field program. “Chase has really valued the partnership with IMSA over the last three years, and we wanted to step up our investment at this critical time,” Mr. Corrigan said. “We’re excited that this grant will allow for the ALLIES program to expand into another school, and also to be able to conduct the analyses and evaluations that can bring this tremendous program to as many students as possible.”