We had 15 students and 3 Chaperones depart Barrington train station at 7:30am and spend the day touring and learning about Non-Profits that are making a difference in Chicago.

First stop: Piccolo School of Excellence 1040 N Keeler Ave-West Humboldt Park.

The group met with Dr Donald Feinstein-Executive Director of the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) who spoke about the model for turning around low performing schools.
Michael Abello Piccolo's inspiring Principal shared his story of becoming one of the youngest Principals in Chicago. We heard from Terese Jackson, a 2nd grade teacher at Piccolo who went thru the AUSL Residency Program and learned the difference between schools and why education is important. We split into groups and toured classrooms with 8th grade leaders at Piccolo and saw the differences between Barrington High School and Piccolo School of Excellence. We all left there feeling compassion for the under-privileged and inspired to make changes.

Second Stop: Union League Club; Author's Group Luncheon featuring ADAM GRANT.

He is a 3x NY Times Best-selling Author with his latest book: "Originals" . He spoke about ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity and how we can originate new ideas without risking it all.

We also heard from our own David Hirsch and his journey from a financial investor to founder of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and the tremendous efforts he has given to those fatherless children of Illinois. We all wish David tremendous success with his Honor Ride May 30th - June 19th -bringing awareness to the social issue of families without participating fathers in the home.

Third Stop: WBEZ 91.5 FM Radio Station 848 East Grand Ave-Navy Pier.

We met with the dynamic Goli Sheikholeslami WBEZ CEO who explained the difference between commercial and public radio and her story of success starting from making documentaries in NYC.
The group was given a tour of the news room and recording studio from Ben Calhoun, VP of Programming and Content. We listened to a short clip from his Emmy-Award Winning documentary of a teen shot from Harper High School. It was a powerful moment to hear from the teen's best friend describing life in the neighborhood and how they try to stay out of gang violence.

Fourth Stop: A Better Chicago 328 S Jefferson Ave.

We met with Liam Krehbiel the Founder and CEO. We heard how A Better Chicago uses the investor's dollars to make significant changes in the Chicago Public Schools and the model they use to raise awareness and make long-term changes. It was particularly impactful for our group to hear Liam's personal story of growing up in a wealthy community and having a life changing moment in his teens while tutoring in a low-income neighborhood on the East Coast. Liam strongly believes every child deserves a great education, despite the financial circumstances you are born into.

A VERY special THANK YOU goes to Kim Duchossois who provided transportation to all the stops and made arrangements for the meetings and tours.

Also a special THANK YOU to David Hirsch and Chris Mitchell who were our Chaperones for this incredible day.

We truly believe we are making an impact with the YAC students and that the continued exposure we give them at this time in their lives will have a ripple effect for generations to come.