26.2 Miles for the Future of Phillips

As many of you know, I've called Chicago home for the past 17 years. I love this city and feel that it is one of our nation’s finest metropolises. However, it has areas in need of serious improvement; one being equal access to educational opportunities.  I'm on a mission (a 26.2 mile long mission) to give underserved kids in Chicago's South Side a leg-up with a first ever computer science/STEM program.

Since 2010, I've been blessed to teach high school students at Wendell Phillips Academy. It is a neighborhood school in the Bronzeville community on the Southside of Chicago. 
Prior to 2010, Phillips was the 2nd worst performing school in the state, and was far from a healthy, balanced educational environment. Then in 2010, in an effort to turn Phillips into an educational beacon on the Southside and establish a new model of educational success, new, passionate teachers and staff were hired to right the ship at Phillips. Since that time, with an immense amount of effort and dedication, Phillips and its students have made significant advancements. Yet, with all of this progress something is missing -  a competitive and advanced Computer Science/STEM department.

This department will be instrumental in providing a legitimate shot for economic prosperity for the students that enroll at Phillips. If they find they have an aptitude in STEM and want to further their education when they get to college, they will need to have the skills to compete at an equal level as the rest of the student body they encounter on campus. This is what I aim to create with this fundraiser. 

To show my dedication to Phillips and its student body, I will be running the hardest marathon in the country, the Boston Marathon. I will be running to raise money for a STEM/Computer Science Department and robotics lab at Wendell Phillips. 

My goal is to raise $250,000. That will be enough money to hire a young energetic teacher that will create an amazing department for our students; a department created to help them gain the experience needed to enter the 21st century workforce and fund the aforementioned robotics lab at Phillips. 

The principal at Wendell Phillips has a motto for the school, it reads “We are not just a school, we are a movement.” I personally love this motto because it invigorates me when I go to work. It carries a weight. It spotlights the importance of the work that is done at Phillips and instills the belief that there is still more to do. 

I ask you humbly, join the movement. Please help create meaningful change in our society. Help empower the lives of many amazing young kids and traverse the evolving career landscape that, because of you and your help, they are ready to navigate.


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  • Delia McMullen 
    • $75 
    • 3 hrs
  • Daniel Mellen 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
  • Ysais Martinez 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Damon McDougald 
    • $200 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 3 d
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Michael Mancini 
Raised $3,593 from 36 donations
Chicago, IL
Sarah Mostad 
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Raised $550 from 2 donations
Amaziah Burton 
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Raised $100 from 3 donations
Colin Gaw 
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Gabrielle Benoit 
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