“All of the students I’ve worked with, over the time of WITS, have gotten better and better at reading and more and more confident.”
– Nassar Omar, Workplace Mentoring Volunteer with Cook Elementary School
Volunteers from GCM Grosvenor describe their experience in the Workplace Mentoring program and why they are supporting WITSummer Books.
WITSummer Books support students’ passion for reading by building at-home libraries. Your gift sends each WITS student home with a set of brand-new books to continue developing their literacy skills over the summer. Learn more and donate.
Anualmente, los programas de WITS ofrecen apoyo de lectura y libros a miles de estudiantes en Chicago Public Schools, incluyendo más de 100 estudiantes de Talcott Fine Arts And Museum Academy. ¡Gracias a Univision Chicago por cubrir nuestro trabajo y a Dr. Bahena por ser una campeona para los estudiantes de Talcott y WITS! Mira más aquí.
WITS CEO, Brenda Langstraat, sat down with Jon Hansen of
WCIU-TV to discuss the impact of WITS, the importance of student literacy, and our partnership with Chicago Public Schools. Watch the feature segment from Now.Chicago here: https://bit.ly/2kwuNFh
Thank you Jon, WCIU, and Me-TV for supporting the work of WITS!
Alyse Mauro Mason, IP Litigation Paralegal at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Mid-Day Mentoring volunteer at Brown Elementary School describes her experience as a WITS volunteer and why she is supporting the WITSummer Books campaign.
WITSummer Books develop student literacy through encouraging summer reading and providing each WITS student with a set of engaging books. Your gift builds pride through book ownership and celebrates the positive relationships between students and mentors. Please consider giving generously today.
When it comes time to saying goodbye, we can often be at a loss for words. Creating a healthy and supportive transition can feel difficult, but with the right information and time for reflection, we can feel more comfortable navigating these key moments. In her WITS Talk, “Saying Goodbye: Creating Successful Transitions,” Michele Lansing, MA, MS Ed., LCSW examines the complex factors that contribute to an individual’s reactions to endings.
The full video of the WITS Talk above. Read on for an interview with Michele and additional resources for saying goodbye to students.
WITS is built on the values of community, consistency, and empowerment. Through two programs with WITS, BMO Harris Bank invests in the students of North Lawndale and empowers their employees to give back as volunteers. Since 2007, students in the Mid-Day Mentoring and Workplace Mentoring programs have met on Wednesdays during the school year with their mentors from BMO to read and work on their homework.
This month’s Student & Mentor Spotlight highlights the trio of Zoria, a 6th grader from Fairfield Academy, and Eric Akiwumi and Stephanie Sahota, mentors in the Workplace Mentoring program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Their pairing in 2016 was a brilliant move that would lead to many heartwarming and hilarious WITS sessions. Continue reading Student & Mentor Spotlight: Zoria, Eric, and Stephanie→
Dr. Olimpia Bahena, Chicago Public Schools Principal at Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy, Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Alum, and WITS Board of Directors member, discusses the importance of student literacy and her school’s partnership with WITS.
The WITSummer Books campaign provides access to books, cultivating essential literacy skills among students and supports students’ growth as readers by exposing them to new and engaging books over the summer months. Please consider giving at www.witschicago.org/wsb