Education

The Aronin Family Foundation supports the development of innovative teaching techniques, adapted to the skills-building needed for evolving industries and the learning opportunities of new technologies.

INITIATIVES

K-12

It’s well established that K-12 education needs to be more than “a spectator sport.” But which engagement techniques are most effective for each type of learner — and how can such differentiated learning be best managed in the classroom?

The Aronin Famiy Foundation supports innovative educators who test and share best practices for engaged, differentiated learning.

Post-Secondary

Prospective post-secondary students come from a wide range of backgrounds, from the traditional high school graduate, to the single parent going back to school, to the laid-off worker in need of mid-career re-training.

All students deserve an innovative, higher education system that provides more and better options to prepare them for today’s job market. The Aronin Family Foundation supports innovative, new education options for students in any learning situation.

Mentoring

Even the most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs still benefit from mentors (though by that time in their careers they call those mentors “advisory boards.”) So, we fully recognize the value that mentors can have in helping students and early-career professionals to reach their full potential.

As believers in mentoring as a change agent, Lisa and Jeff Aronin serve as mentors personally as well as support mentorship programs through their Foundation.

Grantee Highlight

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago enables young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Aronin Family Foundation supports the Clubs’ Academic Success Programs, including:

  • DIY STEM:  Hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum which connects youth to science themes they encounter regularly.
  • Money Matters:  How to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses and pay for college.
  • My.Future:  A mobile-friendly social platform with program activities in areas such as STEM, leadership and the arts.
  • Power Hour:  Homework help and tutoring which encourages Club members to become self-directed learners.
  • Summer Brain Gain:  Fun, themed activities, aligned with common core anchor standards.
  • Science Club:  Nationally-recognized programming, in partnership with Northwestern University’s Science and Society Department and Dr. Michael Kennedy.
  • Tech Girls Rock!:  Hands-on technology workshops for tween and teen girls to spark their interest in STEM careers.

Serving nearly 18,000 youth ages 6-18, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago works to provide members with the emotional, educational, physical, and cultural resources that allow them to enjoy their childhood and eventually thrive in adulthood.