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Young Achievers of Tomorrow Month

If Teza Technologies employees could connect a monthly observance to the company’s philanthropic mission, it would most closely resemble Young Achievers of Tomorrow Month. This observance is being highlighted throughout the month of May.

Teza Technologies employees and CEO Misha Malyshev are involved in organizations such as After-School All-Stars, buildOn, After School Matters and the Adler Planetarium. Employees volunteer their time as mentors, partnering with at-risk youth to establish positive relationships and share their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math. Misha serves on buildOn’s global leadership council and After School Matters’ advisory board.

These organizations focus on providing students with additional educational opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, typically catering to children living in urban areas. Past programs Teza Technologies employees have volunteered in include Girls Do Hack, Junior Research Scientists, CampUS and Civic Hack Day. For some students, their first introduction to STEM programs is through involvement with these organizations. Having new opportunities opens their eyes to a future they may not have felt was possible or even worth considering beforehand.

The organizations are not only special for their programs, but for the people involved. Studies show that children, especially those living in low socioeconomic status, are highly influenced by their surroundings and tend to become more like the peers with whom they associate. This is why volunteers that spend time mentoring students can make such an impact in their life. Research shows that youth who are involved in mentorship programs are more likely to graduate high school, have healthier relationships and lifestyle choices, enroll in college, have a higher self-esteem and are less likely to turn to drugs and alcohol.

According to the National Mentoring Partnership, there was an estimated 4.5 million young people in a structured mentoring relationship in 2014 in comparison to the estimated 300,000 from the early 1990s. Through a variety of programs, organizations such as After-School All-Stars, buildOn, After School Matters and the Adler Planetarium are inspiring students to become young achievers of tomorrow with the help from role models.

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Misha Malyshev Presents $300,000 Check to After-School All-Stars at National After-School Summit

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) recognized a $300,000 three-year national grant from Misha Malyshev, CEO of Teza Technologies, at the National After-School Summit on March 24, 2015. ASAS co-hosted the event with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy and Afterschool Alliance to demonstrate the importance of after-school programs.

Malyshev said, “We applaud ASAS’ dedication to preparing at-risk students for future success. We are committed to supporting several of the organization’s after-school programs and helping communities across the country and in Chicago.”

The National After-School Summit brought together leaders from local and state government, law enforcement, technology, business and philanthropy. Speakers included former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Dean Jack Knott, Google’s Director of Education and University Relations Maggie Johnson, and Evernote’s CEO Phil Libin. They discussed the importance of protecting and expanding public and private support for after-school programs at the local, state and national level.

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Op-Ed: The Role of Corporate Giving in Curbing Youth Violence

Misha Malyshev has written an op-ed for After-School All-Stars where he discusses the role of corporate giving in curbing youth violence. Over the 4th of July weekend in Chicago, 82 people were shot while we celebrated our national independence. Misha discusses how after school programs such as ASAS can play a pivotal role in setting our nation’s youth on the right path, instead of on a path to violence. Misha says corporate giving should play a central role in investing in the programs that work.

“You saw the headlines; everyone did. Eighty-two people were shot in Chicago over the July 4th holiday weekend. While we were celebrating our national independence, many of our fellow Chicagoans were learning first-hand that the promise of the American Dream was fading in contrast to the stark reality of daily violence. It shouldn’t be that way.

I am a Russian immigrant who came to this country to realize the promise of the American Dream and I have experienced incredible success with Teza Technologies, the company I founded in 2009. That success has caused me to consider which elements really enabled me to achieve so much. My commitment to giving back has led me toward people and organizations that share my belief that education is the key that ensures that young people today are able to achieve tomorrow. Thankfully, many leaders in the private sector share my view. It is my hope that by working together to increase educational opportunities for our youth, we can help decrease, and perhaps even eliminate the violence that so dramatically disrupts their lives.

Toward this end, this is my second year working with After-School All-Stars (ASAS), and their CampUs college preparation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) training program. The program focuses on at-risk Middle School students and it gives them a place to be during the critical after-school hours of 3:00 to 6:00 pm and also the summer season. More than that, it gives them something to work towards. Eighty-three percent of the students who attended the inaugural CampUs Chicago in 2012 are still on track to graduate from high school on time. Eighty-five percent of ASAS students expect to earn a degree beyond high school.”

Read the full op-ed by Misha Malyshev.