Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School offers a college preparatory education for the immigrant families of Chicago's near southwest side. Cristo Rey's mission is to advance the human and intellectual capacities, as well as the religious and cultural heritage, of all those it serves. The goal is to maximize the students' potential to prepare them to assume leadership roles in the civic, religious, business and cultural life of our city and nation. The hope is that all the graduates reflect these characteristics: open to growth, religious, intellectually competent, loving, committed to justice and work experienced.
Locke Lord actively supports Cristo Rey through their Corporate Internship Program (CIP). Cristo Rey developed CIP, an innovative work-study program for high school students, which combines two commonly used business concepts, employee leasing and job sharing. This initiative gives our students the means of financing their education. Incorporated as the Cristo Rey Work Study Program, Inc., the CIP allows each of our students to earn 65% of the cost of their education by working five full days each month in entry-level positions at corporations in downtown Chicago. Each year, numerous students work in various departments throughout Lock Lord, including Marketing, Information Technology, Facilities and Human Resources.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Locke Lord supports Lambda Legal though donations and event sponsorships, including their annual Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration.
Legal Prep Charter Academy
Locke Lord’s Chicago office donated furniture to assist Legal Prep Charter Academy, a free, open enrollment charter school in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. The school was founded in 2009 by two former Locke Lord Associates, Sam Finkelstein and Sheila Maloney, among others and its doors opened in 2012. Legal Prep uses its unique law themed curriculum and culture of high expectations to cultivate compassion, self-motivation and reflection in young adults who will be prepared to succeed at outstanding four-year colleges and universities.
As a result of Locke Lord’s merger with Edwards Wildman in January 2015 and the combination of the two Chicago offices, the Firm was left with an excess amount of furniture. In the fall of 2016, Legal Prep was undergoing a renovation on one of its floors in the school’s 100-year-old building and needed furniture to fill the classrooms. Locke Lord has supported Legal Prep over the years and saw a fit at Legal Prep for the desks, filing cabinets, and more. The Firm donated over 20 truckloads of furniture to Legal Prep, which completely re-outfitted classrooms, offices, the library and conference rooms.
The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities. NFTE Chicago's vision is that every student will find a pathway to prosperity. NFTE's goal is that every young person from a Chicago low-income community will have access to NFTE's program to engage them in school, expose them to the market economy and help to create an entrepreneurial mindset in order to remain competitive in the increasingly global marketplace. NFTE is widely viewed as a world leader in entrepreneurship education. To day, NFTE has worked with over 186,000 young people and trained more than 4,200 educators in 31 states and 13 countries.
NFTE Chicago, one of 11 NFTE program offices in the United States, was established in May 2003 and successfully launched a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). NFTE's curriculum has been adopted as a lead business curriculum within CPS, and we are currently reaching 2,000 students in the 2007-2008 academic year, bringing our cumulative total to 7,300 young people served by June 2008.
In January 2008, the NFTE Chicago "E-Council" or auxiliary board was launched to bring together a group of Chicago's entrepreneurially-minded younger business professionals focused on improving public education in Chicago by lending their talents and expertise to NFTE Chicago's students and teachers and growing NFTE Chicago's brand awareness within the entrepreneurship, business, education, and political communities of Chicago. The E-Council main goals are to provide volunteer classroom support to NFTE students within Chicago Public Schools; raise overall awareness of the NFTE organization within Chicago; and raise funds to support NFTE's continued demand for the program. The Firm supports NFTE through donations and event sponsorship.
Special Olympics Illinois
The Special Olympics movement was born in Illinois in July 20, 1968 - when the dream of an Olympic-style competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities was made possible through an appeal to Eunice Shriver and ultimately, a grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation. The first event was held at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968 with 1,000 athletes from 26 states and Canada participating.
Forty years later, the movement is international in scope, touching the lives of over 2.5 million athletes, millions more families and volunteers in 165 countries. SO ILL provides year-round athletic training and competition in 19 sports for over 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, encouraging the development of physical fitness and enabling a network of opportunities to develop sustaining friendships. The Firm supports Special Olympics Illinois through donations, volunteering and event sponsorship.