Evanston Students Participate in "Stay in School" Program

By: Tim Moran, Evanston Patch
Published: September 30, 2016

EVANSTON, IL - Ten students from Evanston are participating in "Stay in School," a mentorship program that helps boost their grades and build career skills.

The initiative was created through a partnership between Exelon, ComEd and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago 11 years ago to fight the high dropout and truancy rates in various Chicago Public Schools. While the vast majority of students participating are from CPS, the program is also open to students from some suburbs like Evanston and Skokie. The agency that partners with Exelon from Evanston is Y.O.U.

Students participating from Evanston are Azjahne Thomas, Madison Corins, Brianna Williams, Devea Williams, Aries Thompson, Enijah Averyhart, Tae Shumaker, Javan Partry, Jordanny Tertulien and Eric Cadet.

“The students we serve through the Stay in School program have not always been given the resources and opportunities they deserve,” said Steve Solomon, president of the Exelon Foundation. “For the past 11 years, Exelon and its partners have worked to give students the support they need to help their education and prepare for the future. We are so proud of what the students have been able to accomplish.”

The program has served 25,000 students since it began. It involves mentoring workshops, special events at their schools, summer community service projects, renovation and landscaping projects, student recognition events and cultural events.

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