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.”