Retirement Plan Advisors (RPA) recently partnered with BUILD Chicago (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) to provide a summer employment experience in a professional environment for at-risk youth in Chicago.
On July 13, 2015, RPA welcomed interns from the BUILD program. The six week internship consists of BUILD youths rotating through different work locations to increase their exposure to multiple career paths, types of organizations, and role models. Wages are provided through grant funding.
“The BUILD summer internship program allows us to continue the RPA Promise of committing to the people in our communities,” according to Joshua Schwartz, CEO of Retirement Plan Advisors. “By providing this opportunity, we hope they realize their own potential to contribute to the positive future of Chicago.”
In addition, RPA holds a weekly “Soups and Stories” lunch in which a member of the RPA staff shares his/her own story of achieving success and any obstacles they faced along the way.
Founded in 1969, BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development) provides comprehensive Youth Development services in Chicago and throughout Cook County, IL. The BUILD mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. BUILD’s youth are motivated and equipped with tools to avoid violence, pursue education, and set positive goals for the future.