Mayor Emanuel and buildOn Celebrate 93 Percent Graduation Rate among Chicago Public High School Students at Annual Breakfast

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel will address the annual buildOn Chicago Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Hilton, Chicago (720 S Michigan Ave). The event is celebrating Chicago youth and their commitment to education and community service through buildOn afterschool programs.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is joining buildOn in celebrating Chicago youth and their commitment to education and community service at the annual buildOn Chicago Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Hilton, Chicago (720 S Michigan Ave).

The event will support buildOn’s afterschool service programs in underserved Chicago public high schools. The event features an address by Mayor Emanuel, emotional stories told by local buildOn students and an inspiring message from Jim Ziolkowski, buildOn’s CEO and Founder and author of the forthcoming book, Walk in Their Shoes (Simon & Schuster 2013). Daniella Guzman and Stefan Holt, co-anchors of NBC 5’s weekday morning newscast, are hosting the Breakfast. Jim Reynolds, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital and Peter Ricker, Chairman & CEO of MB Real Estate are the Event Co-Chairs.

buildOn launched its Afterschool Service Program in Chicago in 2005. Since then, buildOn Chicago students have contributed hundreds of hours of service each week by tutoring children, feeding the homeless and volunteering at senior citizen homes. Every year, 60 Chicago buildOn students travel to help build schools in some of the poorest countries in the planet, including Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Senegal.

buildOn programming keeps students safe, engages them academically and develops leadership skills in the vulnerable hours after school. Through buildOn', Chicago students realize their ability to change lives, including their own. With 93 percent of buildOn seniors graduating and going on to college, buildOn is inspiring the Windy City’s next generation of teachers, community activists and business leaders.

"The Annual buildOn Breakfast brings students together from across Chicago to celebrate their amazing accomplishments during the past year and thank those who have given so much to make our programs possible,” said Michael Ziener, buildOn Vice President of Development, Midwest. “There is no better way to start your day than knowing you have impacted a child’s life by attending this event”

Members of buildOn’s Chicago Regional Board include: Krishnan Chandrasekhar, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Kristin Fox, Founder & Principal of FoxInspires LLC; Oksana Malysheva, Principal at Hamilton White Group; John Murphy of Ricker-Murphy Development; Kristie Paskvan, CFO of Mesirow Financial; Don Resnick, Partner at Jenner & Block; James Seymour, Senior Managing Director of GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services; Ryan Richert, Senior VP of Edelman Public Relations; Frank Whittaker, VP of News of NBC 5 Chicago.

Please visit buildOn at or contact Michael Ziener, buildOn Vice President of Development, Midwest at michael(dot)ziener(at)buildon(dot)org for more information on individual ticket sales or sponsorship.

About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across 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. In Chicago, buildOn runs 30 afterschool service programs in Chicago High Schools. Through our programs, Chicago students contributed nearly 165,542 hours of service, changing their communities and themselves. Ninety-three percent of buildOn youth in Chicago not only graduate from high school, but go on to college. For more information, visit

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