Celebrating Xerox's 30-plus years of commitment to CYC

A child at CYC-CENTRO NUESTRO poses with the "Xerox Santa" in December 2018.

A child at CYC-CENTRO NUESTRO poses with the "Xerox Santa" in December 2018.

No, Christmas hasn't come early this year... CYC is just excited to celebrate the dedication shown by one of our loyal donors: Xerox!

For more than 30 years, Xerox has invested time and funds to help CYC create a bright start in life for kids in our Head Start program.

Each year during the weeks leading up to Christmas, Kelli Morgan, a technology manager with Xerox, leads a team of Xerox employees in brightening up the holidays for the preschool children at CYC-Centro Nuestro, CYC-Fellowship House, and CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center.

Kelli and her team first collect the names of the kids at the Centers and then they create stockings with hats, gloves, and books for every child, funded by the Xerox Community Involvement Fund and employee donations. The team of do-gooders then visit the Centers dressed up as elves, while Kelli’s husband, who is also a Xerox employee, dresses up as Santa.

Kelli said that this is many of the local Xerox employees’ favorite volunteer event.

“It’s just part of being a good citizen,” Kelli said. “We should always give back to our communities. Our events are always about equity. Just to see the joy on the kids’ faces is a wonderful feeling – they know we’re the Xerox Santa.”

Kelli said that part of why they focus on the 3-5 year-old children is to help give them the right start in life. Additionally, she has seen employees stay in touch with the kids they form connections with during the event.

“Children are the next generation,” she said. “How can we shape them to help them be the best people they can be? If the children see some people doing good, and trying to help out, that is a good experience for them.”

Xerox was also a Benefactor Sponsor during the 2018 Believe in Kids Dinner: Igniting the Spark. Their support of the event benefits Chicago Youth Centers’ general operating budget to help maintain each of our Centers and innovative programming.

CYC is so grateful to supporters like Xerox who continue to make our Centers the place where possibility lives.

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Partnership with ArcelorMittal brings robotics program to South Shore

Even though Nathaniel is only seven years old, he is already a budding engineer.  

The Crown Commanders Robotics Team at CYC's Believe in Kids Dinner

The Crown Commanders Robotics Team at CYC's Believe in Kids Dinner

He knows how to collaborate with a team, communicate with his peers, and creatively problem solve – all while playing with some pretty cool gadgets. This is possible due to the generosity of companies like ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company.

ArcelorMittal granted Chicago Youth Centers $15,000 last year to help offer robust and comprehensive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curricula to 125 youth at CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center (CYC-Crown), located in Chicago’s South Shore community. Activities took place in the CYC Maker Lab, a creative and technical workshop where youth use equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters to create projects.

CYC also launched a new robotics program due to ArcelorMittal’s support. Since starting the program, children like Nathaniel have been learning at an early age what it means to be successful in the workplace.

“ArcelorMittal is proud to support Chicago Youth Centers and the Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center Maker Lab. The Maker Lab equips students with new STEM skills and experiences that we believe will inspire them to be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow,” said Marcy Twete, Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, ArcelorMittal Americas.

CYC found that of the involved youth:

  • 83% demonstrated increased knowledge of STEM subjects

  • 86% demonstrated increased critical thinking skills

  • 81% demonstrated increased communication skills

In addition to ArcelorMittal, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Best Buy, and the FIRST Robotics Competition have supported the robotics program at CYC-Crown. CYC is grateful for ArcelorMittal’s efforts in helping to create a clear vision for students passionate about STEM, contributing to CYC’s mission to be the place where possibility lives.