In the past year, we’ve adapted, pivoted, transitioned and transformed. Through it all, we managed to stay true to our mission of creating pathways for young people to explore building industry careers. Now, more than ever, we need your support as we do this work.

Program Agenda

5:30PM | Pre-show Lobby

6:00PM | Welcome and Keynote 

Student Highlight 

The ACE Studio Project 

Mentor Highlight

The Future 

6:20PM | Student Presentation & Scholarship Breakouts by Team

7:00PM | Event Conclusion

ACE Virtual Student Showcase
April 15th @ 6pm

The Building Futures fundraising campaign will culminate with a virtual student Showcase on April 15th, where you can see firsthand the impact of your support as ACE students present their creations from a semester of mentorship. Additionally, during the Showcase, students will be awarded with scholarships–made possible by your support–to help budding young architects, construction managers, and engineers with college tuition and expenses.

We hope you will join us for this special event.

How to support ACE Mentor Chicago? 

The Chicago ACE Mentor Program has awarded its participants over $2 million dollars in renewable four-year college scholarships and has provided over 250 paid summer internships. These opportunities are largely possible from the generous support of our corporate sponsors throughout the industry.

The ACE program has given our students an opportunity to build relationships with our 200 mentor volunteers and a chance to see a rewarding future for themselves. With your help, we can continue creating viable career paths in the building industry for a diverse group of talented students.

Why support ACE Mentor Chicago? 

ACE builds futures

We build the future of the architecture, construction, and engineering industries by providing students with hands-on experiences that help inform their school and career choices. Your support translates into direct impact: providing critical scholarships and mentoring to ACE students and keeping our program operations running.

ACE fosters equity

We are building a future for your industry that is inclusive and varied and reflects the rich diversity of our region. Nearly three-quarters of students participating in ACE programming come from 65 Chicago Public Schools and 75% are youth of color. ACE programming has shifted virtual and our number of students continue to rise.

ACE creates opportunity

For 20 years, the highlight of our program has been scholarship awards, and in 2020, we awarded $185,000 in college scholarships to high school students and an additional $80,000 to college-aged alumni. Our youth are seeking opportunity for growth, and during the current pandemic, our low-income students need additional support more than ever.

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