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Paddle Raise: Grant for Diversity and Inclusion

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Meet Alumna Kymbria Young ‘06
Kymbria Young, Class of 2006, first came to Catherine Cook School as a 7th Grader through a tuition waiver partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. Ms. Young’s time at Catherine Cook prepared her for her preferred high school, St. Joseph High School, where she graduated in 2010. She went on to earn a B.A. in English at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2014 and studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa. She continued her education at Roosevelt University in Chicago, completing her M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2016. Ms. Young is currently the Institutional Advancement Officer at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. She is also the founder of Season to Soar, a nonprofit working with Chicago youth to identify and solve challenges in their local communities and provide them with global leadership training.

Grant for Diversity and Inclusion

Each year, our community raises funds for a very special initiative through the Annual Gala Paddle Raise. During the 2018 Paddle Raise, Catherine Cook took a big step in fulfilling its mission by introducing the Grant for Diversity and Inclusion. In a huge display of support, our Gala attendees made record-breaking contributions to make the Grant possible. As a result, after a year of planning and recruitment, we welcomed our first two families to the Catherine Cook community as recipients of the Grant for Diversity and Inclusion for the 2019-2020 school year.

As a commitment to our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, Catherine Cook will once again present the Grant for Diversity and Inclusion as its Paddle Raise for the 22nd Annual Gala. In addition to making our incredible program and facilities more accessible to the wider Chicago community, the Grant will help us to build a school community that mirrors our beautiful and diverse city, providing all of our students with the experiences and skills that will allow them to succeed in our global society.

The Grant for Diversity and Inclusion will fully fund tuition, fees, lunch, and a stipend for Co-Curricular Programs for new students at any grade level who demonstrate significant financial need and belong to an underrepresented group as outlined by NAIS criteria for diversity (including race, religion, ability, etc.). The number of recipients is dependent on funds raised this evening.

Please join us as we continue to embody our Diversity Statement by “creating and sustaining a diverse and compassionate community grounded in a culture of integrity.” Thank you so much for your incredible support – we couldn’t do it without you!