Head of HFS Scholars, Desiree Pepper-Venzant, to speak at Josephinum Academy's Winter Reception Feb. 28 - New Internship Program to be Announced
Desirée Pepper-Venzant, Executive Director of HFS (Holy Family Schools) Scholars, will be the featured Winter Reception speaker of Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, Feb. 28. The annual event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at MATTER in the Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Plaza, #1230.
"We are delighted to welcome Josephinum alum, Desirée Pepper-Venzant, Class of '85, to share her perspective on the crucial importance of the 'Jo' education in empowering young women for success in life," said Patti Tuomey, Ed.D., President of Josephinum. "Many of our girls are HFS Chicago Scholars and Desirée truly understands the need to support young women in achieving their academic and career goals, regardless of their financial means."
Josephinum will introduce a new real-world learning initiative at the reception. The effort is designed to empower students to navigate college, career and community outside the classroom. Josephinum invites local businesses, non-profit organizations, service providers and government agencies to attend the reception to learn about partnership opportunities.To give students an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a real-world context, the initiative will include an internship program, guest speakers and industry tours.
"Every child must be given the resources to succeed," said Desirée Pepper-Venzant. "Josephinum's commitment to accessibility and empowerment reflect a 21 st century model that will enable students to achieve their goals in life."
Proceeds from Josephinum's Winter Reception will contribute to the more than $1 million in scholarships and financial aid awarded annually to students, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Josephinum's student body of nearly 200 represents 20 different nationalities and 43 zip codes across Chicago. For more information, to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets to Josephinum Academy's Winter Reception, visit josephinum.org/winterreception or call 773-292-3964 ext. 242.