AT&T is providing a $500,000 contribution to the Urban Alliance Foundation Inc. to support expansion of Urban Alliance's services to an additional 127 students, including 74 new job sites for high school internships within UA's existing cities – Washington, D.C., IL, MD and VA.

In connection with this support, the Urban Alliance is seeking ten (10) companies interested in providing internship opportunities and covering a portion of the cost.  AT&T’s contribution will fund half of the cost of an intern and the Urban Alliance is seeking support for the other half at $6,250 per student of the total $12,500 charitable contribution.  The program covers intern work from November 2015 through August 2016 as an Urban Alliance intern.

As respected leaders in the Chicago-area business community, we know you understand that one of our greatest priorities as a nation is the development of our future workforce. Urban Alliance is a non-profit organization committed to helping to meet this challenge by connecting Chicago’s under-served youth with opportunities at area employers.

About the Urban Alliance
Urban Alliance serves over 1,000 youth annually, with the core program being a ten month paid professional internship for 12th grade CPS students. Through this program, high school seniors from some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago are given the opportunity to intern at major companies where they build a network and develop critical work experience, all while preparing for post-secondary education with support from Urban Alliance. With a 100% high school rate, a 90% college enrollment rate and an 80% college persistence rate we know Urban Alliance is making a difference. Our vision is to expand to serve every young person in DC, Baltimore, Chicago, and Northern Virginia that could benefit from our program — and we need your help!

This 3-minute video about Urban Alliance (UA) gives a great snapshot of the program, as well as this exciting 3-minute video the Chicago Bulls created about their UA interns. I also encourage you to view this Rolling Stone article where Bulls player, Jimmy Butler, mentioned the program after gifting his 2015 NBA KIA Most Improved Player award to Urban Alliance Chicago, with a photo of Jimmy and a Bulls UA intern posted in the Chicago Tribune.

Urban Alliance Support

• Coordinate Intern training, interviews, and placement
• Facilitate Mentor training and provide resources for structuring the Intern work experience
• Provide weekly professional development and case management services for Interns

Job Partner Responsibilities

• Identify a supervisor who serves as the Intern’s Mentor while on the job
• Provide meaningful tasks and experiences for the Intern
• Make a tax-deductible contribution to Urban Alliance which covers the salary, training, and alumni support for each Intern

Current Chicago Job Partners

•    A Silver Lining Foundation
•    Accenture
•    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
•    Ariel Investments
•    AT&T
•    Bank Of America
•    Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
•    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
•    BMO Harris Bank
•    Boeing
•    BP America
•    Capri Capital
•    CDW
•    Centro
•    Chicago Bears
•    Chicago Bulls
•    Chicago Cares
•    Chicago Cubs
•    Chicago Transit Authority
•    Chicago White Sox
•    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
•    Choose Chicago
•    Clark Construction
•    Clifford Law
•    ComEd
•    ContextMedia, Inc
•    DeVry University
•    Digitas
•    Dress for Success Worldwide
•    Edelman
•    Enlace Chicago
•    Equity Group Investments
•    Exelon
•    Field Museum
•    Goldman Sachs
•    Greater Chicago Food Depository
•    Grosvenor Capital Management LP
•    Huron Consulting Group
•    Hyatt
•    Jellyvision
•    Jenner & Block LLP
•    Joffrey Ballet Chicago
•    Jones Lang LaSalle
•    JP Morgan Chase & Co
•    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
•    Kirkland Ellis
•    KPMG
•    La Casa Norte
•    LaSalle Investment Management
•    Lightbank
•    Loop Capital
•    Madison Dearborn Partners
•    Mayer Brown
•    McKinsey & Company
•    Mead Family Foundation
•    Mesirow Financial
•    Mikva Challenge Foundation
•    Neal and Leroy LLC
•    Northern Trust
•    Northwestern Memorial Healthcare
•    Nuveen Investments
•    OBGYN Specialists of Northwestern
•    Peoples Gas
•    Priority Sports & Entertainment
•    Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
•    Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
•    Prudential
•    Senior Lifestyle
•    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
•    Spark
•    Teach For America
•    The John Buck Company
•    The Private Bank
•    Turner Construction
•    United
•    University of Chicago
•    Urban Initiatives
•    Walgreens
•    Winston & Strawn LLP
•    YMCA Chicago
•    Youth Guidance

For more information regarding the Urban Alliance or to sign up as a Job Partner, please contact:

Ms. Jenna Ketchum
Executive Director, Urban Alliance Chicago
Phone: 312.496.3300312.496.3300 x21
Address: 205 W. Randolph, Ste 410, Chicago, IL 60606