CPM Gift Will Support Program Expansion to More Chicago High Schools
CPM Community Partners, the philanthropic arm of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC (CPM), has donated $10,000 to the Chicago Office of the National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). NFTE trains instructors to work in high schools across the City of Chicago, helping young people develop entrepreneurial skills that enable them to start their own micro-businesses.
“From the beginning, our priority has been to support youth-focused programs,” said CPM General Counsel Rahsaan Sales during his visit to World Language High School 3120 S. Kostner Ave. “NFTE is truly making a difference in students’ lives by teaching them valuable skills, that benefit them both in the classroom and ultimately in the work world.”
The donation will support the NFTE program at World Language High School, which is in its second year, as well as the other 31 NFTE programs in Chicago public high schools.
“Support from corporations like CPM is so important for our students,” said Christine Poorman, Executive Director of NFTE Chicago. “It helps them understand why math and reading is relevant later in life, and allows them to see what it’s like to be a real-life entrepreneur.”
CPM Community Partners launched in June 2010 with a $10,000 donation to Chicago Youth Centers, a network of community centers that provide after-school, pre-school and tutoring and recreational programs to children, ages 3-18, in underserved areas.
(Back: L to R) NFTE teacher Alex Fernandez, CPM General Counsel Rahsaan Sales, NFTE Chicago Executive Director Christine Poorman, World Language High School Principal Steven Ngo. (Front: L to R) World Language HS students Jeannette Lopez, Yesenia Jimenez, Roger Tovar, Mayra Guzman and Ayde Lopez.
NFTE Teacher Alex Fernandez leads a discussion