News & EventsAugust, 2014

Find Your Future Program Celebrates 10 Years, Thanks 200 Illinois Businesses for Involvement

Kaleidoscope will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Find Your Future this week, a DCFS sponsored program, which pairs college students to internships with businesses statewide. Over 200 business have provided mentorship and guidance for our interns since the inception of the program.

The closing luncheon celebrating the accomplishments of the 2014 class of interns will be held on Friday, August 8, and feature Robert Portale, President & CEO, RELO Direct. Other speakers include Bobbie Gregg, Director, DCFS as well as both current and past interns who succeeded in the program and beyond.

For the past decade, the Find Your Future program has partnered with employers throughout Illinois to bring specialized work experience to this unique group of youth. Following the vision of a former DCFS director, Find Your Future ensures that youth, who have a current or previous relationship with DCFS, are competitive among their peers in today’s job market.  Find Your Future offers each student linkage with a professional network, workshops to reinforce both job and professional skills for entering the workforce, and a full time internship with a business, one that is within the youth’s field of study. At the end of the 10-week internship, many youth are offered permanent jobs at the end of their internship or post-graduation.

“We place youth in a variety of internship settings such as in nursing, engineering, non-profit organizations and more,” said Luticia Smith, Kaleidoscope Program Manager. “It is important that each internship matches the career objectives of the student and often these internships are designed around the student’s abilities, as well his or her goals and strengths. We would not succeed without direct involvement of the business community; their professional support is key to the success of the program.”

Participating with Find Your Future offers both students and professionals an experience that starts during the internship period and extends well beyond the program. To learn how your business can become an internship provider or program sponsor, please contact the Find Your Future Program Coordinator.  Kaleidoscope extends a special thanks to all former and current business providers.

ABN AMRO   Financial Services, Inc.
Accelerated Rehabilitation   Centers, Ltd.
Adams Street Partners LLC
Advanced Financial Resources
After School Matters Program
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Amalgamated Bank
Amy Silverstein, Director
Anacostia & Pacific
Anita Pluta, Director of   Community Affairs & Minority Business Development
Ariel Capital Management, LLC
Athletico
Baird & Warner
Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank
 Belcaster Commercial Contractors, LLC
Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC
BioStrategies Group
 Blue Wire Communications, Inc.
Bob Demarke
Bomber Betty
 Bonneville Chicago Radio Group
Boodell & Domanskis, LLC
Booz-Allen & Hamilton,   Inc.
Borg-Warner Automotive
Boys & Girls Club of   Bloomington-Normal
Brian Thomson, Box Office   Manager
Bridge Finance Group
Bridge Healthcare Finance
Brightspark Travel
Campbell & Company
Catholic Charities
Chapman & Cutler
Chase / J.P. Morgan Securities   Inc.
Chesley, Taft &   Associates, LLAC
Chicago House
Chicago Metropolis 2020
 Chicago New Teacher Center
Chicago Park District
Chicago Police Department,   Bureau of Administrative Services
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Sun-Times
Child Abuse Council, Quad   Cities
Child Protection Division
Children’s Home + AID
Children’s Home Association of   Illinois
City of Chicago
CIVC Partners
Congressman Danny Davis’   Office
Cook County Juvenile Court
Credit Lyonnais
Cushman & Wakefield
DCFS Office of Public Guardian
De La Salle Institute
DePaul Center
Defrees & Fiske
Delores Robinson, Associate   Deputy Community Relations
Department of Cultural Affairs
Department of Innovation &   Technology
Diane Palmer
District Attorney Office
Draper & Kramer
Drury Lane Theatre
Duff & Phelps Credit   Rating Co.
Easter Seals Therapeutic Day   School
Englewood NHC
Evanston Art Center
Fifth Third Bank
 First Nonprofit Insurance Company
Fortress OMSNIC
Free Street Theatre
FTI Consulting
Garbo Productions
GFREEV
Glencoe Capital
Globalcom
Gottlieb Brothers
Great Dane Financial, LLC
 Griffin Construction
HARPO, Inc.
Harris Bank
Heidrick & Struggles
Hephzibah Children’s   Association
HillTaylor
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Hinton & Grusick
Howard Brown Health Center
Ibbotson Associates, Inc.
Illinois Council for Handgun   Violence
Illinois Department of Public   Health
Illinois Finance Authority
Illinois Housing Development   Authority
Illinois Student Assistance   Commissions Office
Imaginative Promotional   Product
Inroads/Chicago, Inc.
ISBE
J.P. Morgan
Jack Morton Worldwide
Jerry Stermer, President
Jim Weise
John Cruickshank
Joseph M. Gagliardo
Joyce Foundation
JSM Private Events
Katten, Muchin & Zavis
 Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels
Kittleman & Associates,   LLC
KOPN
LaRabida Children’s Hospital
Larry G. Trent, Director
LaSalle Bank Corporation
Latham & Watkins
 Law ElderLaw, LLP
Lawrence Hall
Lehman Brothers
Lexington College
Lincoln Park Savings Bank
LINCOLN PARK ZOO
Little Square Theatre
Mary Dosek
Mayer, Brown & Platt
McCarthy Duffy
McDermot, Will & Emery LLP
Meckler, Bulger & Tilson
Mercy Home
Mercy Home for Boys &   Girls
Mercy Hospital
Metro Pier & Expo
Michael S. Prapuolenis, Esq.
MK FILM
Monahan & Cohen
Municipal Empolyees’ Benefit
Museum of Science and Industry
Neal Gerber & Eisenberg,   LLP
New Moms, Inc.
Nomadic Consulting
Northeastern Illinois   University, Biology Department
Northern Trust
Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern University   Feinberg School of Medicine
Nuveen Investments
Old Kent Bank
OPTHAMOLOGY OF EFFINGHAM
ORIX USA Corporation
Park Lawn Organization
Patricia White, Manager,   Corporate Citizenship
PCS Financial Corp.
Piper Jaffray
PJH & Associates, Inc.
PRIMED 4 LIFE
Private Bank
Protestants for the Common   Good
Public Building Commission of   Chicago
Pullman Bank and Trust
Querrey & Harrow, LTD
Regional Transportation   Authority
Rehabilitation Institute of   Chicago
RELO Direct
Renewal by Andersen
Robert Hargesheimer,   Commander-Youth Division
Roseland Community Hospital
Rosemary Keefe, Director of   Community Relations & Corporate Giving
Rudnick & Wolfe
Ryerson Tull
Sacred Places
 Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical   Center
Salibaco
Sanchez & Daniels
Schain, Burney Ross &   Citron
Schwartz Brothers Insurance
Scott & Kraus, LLC
Second City Computers
Senator Durbin’s Office
Senator Mark Kirk
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sinnissippi
SIT
Societe Generale
Starbucks Coffee Company
State Representative Fran   Hurley
State Representative Kelly   Cassidy
State Representative Sarah   Feigenholtz
STATE’S ATTY
Steans Family Foundation
Stellato Schwartz
Stephenson Health Center
Steven Greenberg
Streetwise
Swift Wealth Management
Sydel & Sydel Jewelry
Taylor Johnson
The Boeing Company
The Chicago Council on Foreign   Relations
The CIT Group
The Loreli
The Northern Trust Company
The Taylor Group, LLC
The Tribune Diversity Program
Tom Vandenberk
Turner Acceptance Corp.
 UBS AG, Chicago Branch
UBS Warburg, Public Affairs
UCAN
Union League Club of Chicago
University of Chicago- Comer   Children’s Hospital
University of Illinois,   Champaign Urbana Veternary Research
Uptown NHC
Urban Assets, Inc.
VITAS
Voices for Illinois Children
Wall Street Journal
Watson Wyatt Worldwide
Weiss & Block
WGN-TV
Whitcup & Arce, P.C.
 Wilk and Waller
William Blair & Company,   LLC
William J. Wrigley Co.
 Wolf & Company LLP
World Health Imaging Alliance
 Wrigleyville Rooftops/Cubby Bear
WTTW