In October, Navigant will enter its 12th year participating in the ACE Mentor Program. The longevity of this partnership has only strengthened the enthusiasm ACE mentors like Marshall Harris have for the program.
“I have been an ACE mentor since Navigant started participating, and I still love it as much as I did when I started,” said Marshall. “Working with ACE is a fantastic way to give back to our community by working one-on-one with high school students, and getting to see the students grow each year as they learn and develop stronger interests in the topics we cover has been wonderful.”
ACE is an after-school program for high school students interested in learning about architecture, construction, and engineering. The program operates on a team structure, with mentors from different firms within the design and construction industry forming a team of mentors with a group of 20-25 students. Each team meets weekly from October to May to teach the students about the mentors’ industries and work through hands-on educational activities created and led by the mentors.
Mentors also take the students on field trips and culminate the year with a big group design project that the students present to their peers, parents, mentors, and industry professionals. At the final presentations, merit-based scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who are pursuing degrees in fields of study related to the design and construction industries. The ACE New York City affiliate alone has awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships to more than 900 program graduates since its inception.
Navigant’s in-house group of mentors are all part of the global construction practice, and include Marshall Harris, Tom Certo, Charlotte Eberle, Lauren Frattaroli, Pirouz Bozorgnia, Morgan Fogel, and Conor Bunyan.
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Throughout August 2017, Siobhan Clancy led a school supply drive out of Navigant’s Chicago office. Thanks to generous contributions by her Chicago office colleagues, Siobhan donated 150 school supplies and 30 purchased backpacks to Child Link, a non-profit organization that provides supplies to foster children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
In addition to the supplies donated form this drive, Navigant’s recent Chicago office move resulted in a donation of more than 500 items (including three-ring binders, pens, pencils, highlighters, and folders) to Child Link. Thanks to the donations, Child Link will now have school supplies for roughly 200 of the 300-500 children that stay in their foster homes.
Siobhan remarked that her favorite part of each year’s drive is simply giving back to the kids and knowing that they’ll enter the school year with new supplies feeling like they belong with their peers.
“They don’t have much so every little bit counts,” said Siobhan. “Their excitement over something as small as a pen or a notebook is touching.”
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A group of Navigant PACE employees in the Hamilton, New Jersey office sorted and packed large bins of food for low income families at the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. As part of their volunteer effort, the group removed donated food from bins to assist the teams that were packing boxes for the families in need.
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In April, 2017, Navigant’s Denver office and the veteran & military employee resource group (ERG) worked with a local VA hospital to hold a barbecue for residents of a halfway house for veterans.
The house is intended to provide a safe space for homeless veterans while also providing classes on things like budgeting, job skills, art, and music.
Mike Samborski, a senior consultant in the healthcare practice worked with internal groups to secure funding for the barbecue. With funding in hand, Mike worked with Sally Harris, part of the veterans and military ERG, to plan the event.
Mike emphasized that the barbecue, which fed more than 50 VA members, was a team effort. Some colleagues made shopping trips to Costco to purchase food for the barbecue, others did the grilling, and others shared their time and companionship with the veterans in attendance.
Mike is now working with the same groups to see if they can plan another, similar event around Veteran’s Day in November.
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Navigant’s San Francisco office participated in the America SCORES coed charity soccer tournament on June 10, 2017.
Proceeds from this day-long soccer cup help America SCORES provide afterschool soccer and poetry programs for over 1,500 youth at more than 50 Bay Area public schools. A total of $120,000 was raised for America SCORES youth programs from the tournament alone.
The San Francisco office became involved with the charity partly through Bernard Ong, a managing consultant for Navigant’s global construction practice, who volunteers with America SCORES’ elementary school soccer program as a referee. Bernard first heard about the tournament through his volunteer work, but he became actively interested after a representative from America SCORES reached out to him based on the Navigant New York office’s participation in the New York version of the tournament the previous year. After speaking with the representative, Bernard began to put a team together.
“We also signed up for a league prior to the tournament to practice,” said Bernard. “The group was interested because we thought it would be a fun cross-practice event, since practices are quite segregated in the San Francisco office. We have been actively promoting cross-practice collaboration here, especially via the San Francisco young professionals employee resource group.”
Teams in the tournament were split into four brackets based on play during group stages. Each bracket was then placed into a separate playoff. The Navigant team was placed in the second bracket and wound up winning two playoff games before losing in the final.
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When Navigant India volunteers visited Ammathottil, a charitable organization sheltering orphaned and abandoned children from newborns to six years of age, they found that the organization needed a sick room to separate the ill children from the healthy children. Navigant India committed to providing materials needed to build the sick room.
Construction started before service week began, and the room was completed on April 19. The organization was thrilled with this new addition. The room is spacious, well ventilated and colorfully painted.
The inaugural function was presided over by Mahendra Singh Rawat, Jeena Peter, Paul Praveen, Rana Thankappan and a team of Navigant India volunteers. Also leading the celebration was the Minister of Kerala State, Mr. Kadakampally Surendran.
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Germaine Clark had a cause in mind when she made the decision to run in the Destination Races Half Marathon.
Germaine’s friend, Faye Dilgen, has a 14-year old son, John Hudson Dilgen, who was born with Epidermolysis Bollosa. EB is a devastating and life-threatening genetic skin disorder that affect children from birth. John requires medical attention on a daily basis for his condition.
Having heard John’s stories and seeing news and educational videos for many years, Germaine felt a deep connection to this cause and wanted to be a part of it.
The members of “Team EB” had a great time supporting their cause.
With the help of a donation website, Germaine and a small group comprised of Faye’s daughter and friends ran together as “Team EB,” raising nearly $4,000 for the EB Research Partnership.
Germaine chose to run for the EB Research Partnership because they are the largest nonprofit dedicated to treating and curing EB, a group of devastating and life-threatening genetic skin disorders that affect children from birth. The EB Research Partnership has raised over $12 million for innovative and commercially viable treatments since our founding in 2010. In 2016, the EB Research Partnership funded 17 research projects recommended by their Scientific Advisory Board. The EB Research Partnership has a goal to fulfill $25 million worth of research funding needs over the next three years.
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