Afterschool Program Participants Mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Lesson in Nonviolence

  Afterschool Program Participants Mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with
  Lesson in Nonviolence

  Students in Stay in School Initiative learn about Dr. King’s philosophy of
           equality and anti-violence at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Business Wire

SKOKIE, Ill. -- January 21, 2014

High school and middle school students and their mentors in the
Exelon/ComEd/United Way Stay in School Initiative today participated in a
service event at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to honor
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the late civil rights leader’s messages of
equality and anti-violence.

Employee volunteers from Exelon and its subsidiary ComEd and more than 100
students toured the museum and took part in mentor-led reflection periods, a
survivors’ panel and discussions of how the Holocaust and the civil rights
movement can be viewed through the lens of Dr. King’s philosophy. The event’s
theme of non-violence resonated with the students, who live in Chicago-area
communities with high violence, dropout and truancy rates, including Humboldt
Park/West Town, Austin, Cicero, Greater Grand Crossing, Chinatown, Bridgeport
and North Lawndale.

“We saw this as an excellent way to introduce Dr. King’s ideas in a unique
setting that was new to many of our students,” said Steve Solomon, vice
president of corporate relations at Exelon. “Events like this allow us to
create new learning experiences for students and employee mentors through
cultural partnerships that are vital to the success of the Stay in School

As part of the program, two Holocaust survivors participated in a panel
discussion about their experiences. Students worked with their mentors to
develop questions for the panelists, who added a personal perspective to the
museum tour.

“This is an important learning experience for our students and a way for them
to explore human and civil rights,” said Sofia Mendez, outreach and diversity
manager of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “The combination of living
history, Dr. King’s legacy, and community discussion will give our students a
rich opportunity to further develop and advocate for peaceful strategies and
affect positive change in their community.”

“Congratulations to Exelon, ComEd and United Way on this successful event,”
said Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, who was on hand for Monday’s program.
“Their unique public-private partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum &
Education Center made for a very effective and enriching learning experience.
I am proud that the event was held in the Village of Skokie, where we have a
strong community focus on education and also greatly value diversity,
tolerance and human rights.”

Exelon, ComEd and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago created the Stay in
School Initiative in 2005 to confront the issues preventing teens from
graduating high school. Through partnerships with six afterschool agencies,
the program provides tutoring, social services, leadership and social
engagement, skills building and parent workshops. Exelon and ComEd employee
volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring to students to improve grades,
graduation rates and non-violent conflict resolution. In eight years, the
program has served approximately 17,000 students. For the past six of those
years, active program participants have achieved a graduation rate of more
than 90 percent, exceeding the 65 percent average for Chicago Public Schools

The MLK Day educational event and Stay in School Initiative align with Exelon
and ComEd’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, education, and improving
the quality of life in the communities they serve. Along with a companion
program providing paid internships for participating students, Exelon and
ComEd have contributed more than $2.8 million to fund the Stay in School
Initiative since its inception in 2005.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy
provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in
Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the
District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S.
power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity
comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation
fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and
services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and
approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver
electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central
Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania


Paul Elsberg, 312-394-4879
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Brigid Murphy, 312-906-2296
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