Philanthropy

Climb 4 Kids Video

A few weeks ago, Teza employees participated in the After-School All-Stars Climb 4 Kids event in New York City, raising money for ASAS’ programs. Participants climbed the stars at 4 World Trade Center, a feat that involved over 1200 feet. The event raised nearly $95,000 and concluded with an after party at the top of the WTC. Teza’s Kerran Flanagan finished third overall. Below is a video highlighting evening.

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All-Star Climb 4 Kids Raises Nearly $95,000

The All-Star Climb 4 Kids, a challenge organized by After-School All-Stars to climb the steps of 4 World Trade Center, raised almost $95,000 last week. The 68 floor, 1,632 step journey had over 200 participants, including a team from Teza Technologies. Teza’s own Kerran Flanagan finished third overall, completing the climb in 11 minutes and 19 seconds. The event was capped off with an after-party at the top.

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Next Week: Teza Sponsors After-School All-Stars Stair Climb 2015

Teza has supported After School All-Stars programming in Chicago over the past few years, and the company is getting its New York office involved with an upcoming event. Teza is challenging its employees to climb 68 floors of 4 World Trade Center as part of the After-School All-Stars Stair Climb. It is 1200 feet to the top of 4 World Trade Center.
The climb starts at 5:00 PM October 22, 2015.

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This fitness event mirrors the challenge that ASAS poses to their All-Star Students every day. Dream big. Reach for the stars. Make healthy lifestyle choices and engage in physical activity on a daily basis. ASAS has issued the same challenge to their network of supporters, and Teza doesn’t back down from a challenge!

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Students Complete Successful STEM CampUS 2015

STEM CampUs took place last week in Chicago, with 30 middle school students participating in the week-long overnight experience sponsored by Teza Technologies and Misha Malyshev. The free camp was hosted at the University of Chicago, with the students using the dorms and dining hall, while attending workshops in college classrooms. The mentorship program paired students with college mentors along with high school students and After-School All-Stars staff providing mentorship and support.

100% of campers said they would recommend the program to a friend and learned the following:

  • How to be a leader
  • How to calculate GPA
  • College application process
  • Importance of letters of recommendation
  • Importance of a mentor or role model in high school
  • Importance of getting involved in high school
  • What to expect in high school

In the Battle of the Apps challenge, the students worked in groups to invent a digital app, develop a business and marketing plan and craft a pitch to sell their ideas. A panel of judges reviewed the plans and selected “Science4U” as the winner. This concept is an education-based app that provided fun activities that target specific science skills for students from elementary to high school.

A panel of high school students from After School Matters answered questions during the daily High School & College Readiness programing. They also learned about the college application precess from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The campers even received an opportunity to write their own college entrance essays.

In the Career Exploration series, the students visited Teza Technologies, the Chicago Bulls, Microsoft, and the United Way. Students even got chance to play basketball and soccer, view improv comedy from Second City and went on a Wendella Boat Tour to see Navy Pier fireworks over Lake Michigan.

STEM CampUs Begins Today

After-School All-Stars will kickoff its STEM CampUs program today, sponsored by Teza Technologies. Taking place at the University of Chicago, the camp will allow students to meet with admissions officers, participate in mock college applications and interviews, learn about financial aid, career planning and resume writing – and even a STEM “Shark Tank” style business competition. Students will also take part in STEM career panels.

STEM CampUs beings Monday, and concludes on Wednesday, July 29th. The camp will help 9th grade students in need of an extra push with a full immersion at the University, which includes staying over in the dorms.

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Teza Sponsors ASM Spring Programs

After School Matters — a nonprofit organization that provides out-of-school programming opportunities for Chicago teens — has announced Teza Technologies is sponsoring two STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs for After School Matters teens this spring. Teza Technologies is an avid supporter of the organization, and Teza’s CEO and founder, Misha Malyshev, was named to After School Matters’ board of directors in 2013.

Junior Research Scientists, the first program, took place on April 23 at Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Science and Mathematics. ASM teens designed, engineered and built solar power based projects, while conducting college-level research and working with established scientists in a college setting.

“After School Matters is proud to have Teza Technologies as a strong partner in expanding our STEM offerings to teens,” said Mary Ellen Caron, chief executive officer of After School Matters. “By exposing young people to innovative fields that can lead to college and career opportunities, we’re empowering our teens with the tools they need to be successful adults.”

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Seth Travis Joins Friends of After-School All-Stars Chicago

Seth Travis, general counsel of Teza Technologies, has joined the Friends of After-School All-Stars Chicago group. Teza and Misha Malyshev have been active supporters of ASAS, and Seth Travis adds to the leadership Teza is taking in helping our nation’s youth.

Malyshev said:

“As a Chicago-based firm, we are pleased to further extend our support locally to ASAS. Seth’s Chicago leadership role is part of our greater commitment to this national organization providing critical services to at-risk teens around the country.”

Travis has been with Teza since 2011 and has nearly 20 years of legal experience.

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