Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 20, 2013
Non-profit, buildOn announces that Spanish marketing firm, Listen Up Español, has contributed $170,000 to support afterschool service programs at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago.
buildOn’s Afterschool School Service Program at Jaurez High School empowers approximately more than 150 underserved and uninvolved students each week to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service - working with senior citizens, the homeless, and younger children locally. Additionally, through this partnership, buildOn organizes three school-wide service days for the entire student body and collaborates with teachers to integrate service learning into classroom curriculum.
The program also takes 12 students from Juarez High School to build schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet, including Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Malawi and Senegal. In 2014, Juarez students will travel to Haiti this spring and to Malawi this summer to break ground on a school.
“Listen Up Español's support of buildOn at Juarez, where more than 94% of students identify as Hispanic, speaks powerfully,” said Paul Boye, buildOn illinois Regional Manager. “The students, faculty, and administration at Juarez have enthusiastically embraced buildOn to make incredible strides to transform students as committed and involved change-makers in the Pilsen and surrounding community.”
The gift from Listen Up Español will fund an entire year of programming at Juarez High School, helping keep students engaged in school and off the streets.
“We chose Juarez high school because it was the perfect cultural fit. It allows our call center agents and staff in Mexico to help first and second generation Mexican students and give them a chance to graduate from high school and pursue college,” said Tony Ricciardi, President of Listen Up Español. “The buildOn community service requirements push the teens to go beyond themselves which aligns with Listen Up Español’s core values.”
In addition to funding the buildOn afterschool program at Juarez High School, Listen Up Español has funded the construction of a buildOn school in Nicaragua and one in Haiti.
About Listen Up Español: Listen Up Español is the leading Spanish language call center and online marketer focused solely on the U.S. Hispanic market. The company offers direct response, non-profit and corporate clients a broad range of bilingual call center services specializing in inbound sales, customer service and lead generation. Listen Up Español also offers online Hispanic marketing solutions including SEO, SEM, social advertising, organic marketing, social marketing and conversion rate optimization. For more information about Listen Up Español, please visit http://www.listenupespanol.com
About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Internationally, buildOn is constructing schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, and Mali. Our students have contributed over 1.2 million hours of service in the U.S., and have helped build more than 587 schools around the world. buildOn operates afterschool programs in 13 Chicago public high schools where students have contributed over 200,000 hours of service to their community.