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HOW THE 2016 NONPROFIT TALENT & CULTURE SUMMIT IS (ALREADY) DRIVING CHANGE AT YMCA OF THE USA

June 23, 2016 /

Speaker Tim King, president and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, shared an inspiring story of hope and change. He discussed how Urban Prep has seen 100 percent of its graduates accepted into four-year colleges for several straight years. This would be a remarkable achievement for any high school, but Urban Prep Academies isn’t an average high school. It’s the nation’s first charter high school for African American boys, and 85 percent of its students come from low-income families on Chicago’s south and west sides. How do they do it? According to Tim’s talk, it all comes down to recruiting teachers and staff who contribute to Urban Prep Academies’ culture of excellence and devote themselves to changing the lives of Chicago’s young men.There were few dry eyes in the room as the audience were moved to their feet to give Tim a standing ovation. One of the attendees most moved by his inspirational talk was Jackie Gordon, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at the YMCA of the USA.