The Chicago ACE Mentor Program (ACE Chicago) will host its 14th Annual Benefit Luncheon at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan. The educational non-profit will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of offering mentoring and support to Chicago-area high-school students who have an interest in architecture, construction, and engineering.
One of the largest springtime charity events in the Chicago real estate community, this unique event draws over 700 leaders from over 50 firms to support ACE Mentor’s goals of fostering a large, diverse, better-prepared workforce, and to counsel students – particularly those in under-resourced communities – about opportunities in the A/E/C industry.
Event highlights will include “where are they now” updates from ACE participants over the past two decades; announcement of an Alumni Scholarship program and other career-development initiatives for program graduates currently in college; and the luncheon’s signature feature. Guest tables compete in a timed, hands-on design and building activity, with the top two designs earning $500 scholarships for the ACE student participants seated at those winning tables.
Proceeds raised at the luncheon directly support the $200,000+ in scholarships and other prizes, including paid summer internships at professional design, engineering and construction firms, awarded to ACE Chicago participants each year. Over $2 million in renewable four-year scholarships has been awarded since the affiliate’s inception.
The Chicago ACE Mentor Program is a free, award-winning, after-school program designed to attract high school students into pursuing careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades. This year, more than 300 Chicago industry professionals are mentoring in multi-disciplinary teams 300+ students from over 70 Chicagoland high schools through hands-on design activities, field trips to construction sites and college campuses, and designing a conceptual building project. The majority of ACE students (75 percent) are minorities, and one-half are female.