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floChicago is a leadership development program founded by a group of educators, principals, professionals, and civic leaders in partnership with the University of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust. We are all all are bound by the common vision to help high school students reach their full potential. We believe that discrete moments – such as an introduction to a mentor, exposure to a new career path, or discussion about a social issue – can inspire students to broaden their horizons and realize their full potential. We aim to provide experiential learning and programming concentrated with potential moments for students to learn, grow, and redefine their trajectories.

Each year, floChicago identifies and brings together a diverse group of aspiring and proven high school leaders, and provides them with opportunities to 1) meet with business, non-profit, and government leaders, 2) engage with diverse student leaders from the Chicago area, and 3) gain exposure to a wide variety of challenges and opportunities in Chicago. Students participate in workshops, field trips, and group discussion around topics such as crime and violence, public health, education, and race relations. floChicago provides students with a heightened sense of awareness around issues facing Chicago, leadership challenges in fixing the problems, and various career pathways to address them.

We believe that discrete moments–such as an introduction to a mentor, exposure to a new career path, or a discussion about a social issue–can inspire students to broaden their horizons and realize their full potential. We are committed to creating these moments for high school students to help forge Chicago’s next generation of leaders. Our investment in the future leaders of Chicago today will result in a better Chicago in the future. Future Leaders of Chicago aims to develop leadership potential in Chicago area high school students through civic engagement, professional development, community service, and college preparation. The program brings together diverse student leaders from all walks of life and from all over the Chicago area.

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Matthew Brewer is a partner at Chicago-based trial boutique law firm Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar & Scott where he practices commercial litigation in federal and state courts. After graduating from Mt. Carmel High School, Matt earned his bachelor degree from Stanford where he served as student body president. After college, he worked in the music industry in Beijing where he focused on marketing and intellectual property issues. He received his JD from Yale Law School and MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of the Chicago Housing Authority, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and the Metropolitan Planning Council.

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David Prystowsky is Vice President of Campaign for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. He leads a large group of professionals and volunteers to develop strategic vision on long term financial resource development and an approach to the overall “donor experience” at JUF. This includes everything from communications to events to next generational engagement, and any other donor touch point. David started at JUF in 2001 and has held several positions, most recently serving as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Government Affairs Office.

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Greg Jones Dr. Jones began his teaching career with Chicago Public Schools in 1998. In 2008, Dr. Jones co-founded George Westinghouse College Prep, a hybrid selective-enrollment school in the East Garfield Park Community. As the Assistant Principal, Dr. Jones co-led the school’s transition to a curriculum aimed at alignment around College Readiness Standards. In 2012, Dr. Jones was selected as the Principal of Kenwood Academy, a large comprehensive high school located in the Hyde Park Community. With a focus on disciplinary literacy, Dr. Jones has collaboratively worked to build effective teacher teams and coherent instructional systems.

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Janice Glenn currently serves as Director of Diversity and Recruitment for Governor Rauner. Prior to her current role, Janice served as Director of Programs for Leadership Greater Chicago for over almost 30 years. During that time, she also administered a previous version of Future Leaders of Chicago in conjunction with Leadership Greater Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust.

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Greg Mooney is the Executive Director of the Gary Comer Youth Center and the Comer Science & Education Foundation. The Youth Center’s mission is to provide the support for all of its students to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. Greg serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Greater Chicago.

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Antonio Martinez Jr. is director of development for The Chicago Community Trust. Martinez is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding relationships with donors, and for building unrestricted, restricted and endowment giving. Martinez joined the Trust in November 2008 as assistant director of development. Martinez currently serves on the board of directors for Korean American Community Services, and is vice-chair of the National Latino Funds Alliance and committee member of Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy. He also serves a volunteer coach for Rogers Park American Youth Soccer Organization.

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Warren Morgan currently serves as an academic superintendent in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Prior to his current role, he served as a Chicago Public School principal at Manley Career Academy high school on Chicago’s west side.

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Tracy Samantha Schmidt is the founder of Socially Authentic Media Group, a consultancy that designs social media strategy, training and coaching solutions for businesses nationwide. An innovator across the media, Tracy designed social media strategies for Time Magazine, Tribune Company, and Crain Communications, and she is a frequent contributor to ABC News. A passionate educator, Tracy has also taught the principles of social media marketing to more than 25,000 people nationwide in the last four years. She has also served on faculty at DePaul University and the University of Chicago.

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Adrian Segura is currently the Community Organizer for the Noble Network of Charter Schools. In his current role, Adrian builds partnerships with various community agents and serves as an advocate for Noble’s fifteen thousand families. Prior to joining the Network, Adrian served as an Assistant Dean of Discipline at Chicago Bulls College Prep, where he oversaw student leadership, development, and ran a response to intervention program for at risk youth. Adrian majored in Communications and Community Development at DePaul University. He was raised in Chicago and sits on the Mayor’s Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board.

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Katie Hytros is the Founder and President of Bright Maple Advisors. Prior to her current role, she held a number of positions at Chicago Public Schools, including Deputy to the Chief Education Officer and Director of Accountability in the Office of New Schools. In the latter role, she redesigned the process for evaluating new school performance. Prior to her career in education, she worked as a consultant at Bain & Company.

Each year, floChicago selects approximately 30 high school leaders from the Chicago area to participate in 1) a week-long leadership immersion residential program on campus at The University of Chicago and 2) meetings and retreats throughout the school year. Students have an opportunity to engage with some of Chicago’s most prominent leaders and participate in activities centered around civic engagement, leadership development, college preparation, and career exposure. The program will be offered at no cost to participants.

floChicago utilizes the following selection criteria:

1) Proven leadership experience in a school, community, organization, or family,
2) Ability to work in a diverse group,
3) Intellectual rigor (minimum 2.7 GPA preferred)
4) Strong record of high school attendance, and
5) Applicants must be completing their junior year of high school when they submit their application.

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