Derrick Rose of The Chicago Bulls has been working overtime to be an MVP both on and off the court. He comes from a tough part of Chicago and hasn’t left behind those who are affected by the same things he went through growing up. He stands out above most famous athletes and entertainers when it comes to giving back to his community, and people love him for it.
Rose is donating a million bucks to a program called After School Matters, a Chicago-based non-profit organization designed to create solid programs for teens after schools. The organization focuses on teens who are living at or below the poverty line. Such programs are critical in areas of Chicago where young black people can’t find jobs and can’t get a good education. The black teen unemployment rate in Chicago is typically as high as 80%.
“To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world,” said Rose. “So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”
The funds will be used to drive the growth of unique programming experiences for teenagers throughout the city in the arts, communications, science, sports and technology. Participants develop critical life skills to help them prepare for work, college and beyond. Last year the organization created thousands of opportunities for teens, all with stipends attached, according to E. Robbie Robinson, Vice Chair of After School Matters Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the organization’s 2014 Annual Gala, and a Managing Director at Chicago-based BDT & Company.
“Derrick’s significant contribution is making a tremendous statement to Chicago that our teens do matter,” said Robinson. “We are grateful for Derrick’s generosity, as we work hard to provide a safe and productive environment for teens to learn and explore their interests outside of the classroom. We look forward to partnering with Derrick and the Rose family to continue to expand our programs and reach even more of teens for many years to come.”
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