(Chicago, IL – October 25, 2016) Bright Promises Foundation awarded Northwestern Settlement President Ron Manderschied their Lifetime Achievement Award during their 2016 Fall Awards this evening.
Bright Promises Foundation is focused on determining the most critical needs of children in Illinois that are currently under-recognized and underfunded. The Bright Promises Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the unflagging commitment of the honoree to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Illinois. This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the welfare of children and to programs benefiting disadvantaged children during his or her lifetime in a volunteer or professional capacity. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an exemplary leader whose actions, achievements and service to children stand as a model to others.
The award recognizes Manderschied’s 35 years as president, during which time, Northwestern Settlement has grown from serving children within a four-block radius, to reaching children and families in over 90 percent of Chicago’s zip codes. He led the way for Northwestern Settlement’s nursey school to become a licensed Head Start site, transformed House In The Wood from a summer camp to a year-round site with STEM education programming for school students during the spring and fall as well, and oversaw the establishment of Adventure Stage Chicago and AmeriCorps Project YES!. He co-founded Noble Street College Prep and the Noble Network of Charter Schools, co-operating them from 1999-2008. After spinning off Noble in 2008, he founded Rowe Elementary charter school in 2009.
About Northwestern Settlement: For 125 years Northwestern Settlement has nurtured, educated and inspired children and families in need in Chicago. Focusing on changing lives through education, social services and the arts, Northwestern Settlement’s programs are fully integrated to meet the complex needs of our neighbors, and disrupt generational poverty. Learn more about Northwestern Settlement at www.northwesternsettlement.org.