Navigant employee Brett Feldman volunteers in numerous activities throughout the year that benefit. He serves on several boards including, Project Green Schools, and organization that supports environmental/STEM education at grade schools and Temple of Torah, as the Youth Chair. In addition Brett is a coach for several little league soccer, basketball and flag football teams. He also donates blood(platelets) several times per year.Read More »
The ACE Mentor Program is a free program for high schoolers who are interested in learning about Architecture, Construction and Engineering. Mentors within the design & construction industry form a “team” — Navigant has been the team leader of “Team #10” for more than 5 years (we have participated since 2006) — and our team includes mentors from two architecture firms, a structural engineering firm, a MEP engineering firm, and an environmental engineering firm.
Our team meets roughly bi-weekly from October to May with the approximately 20 students that sign up for our team at the start of the school year. At each meeting, we teach the students about our industries and our work via fun hands-on activities that we create, field trips/site visits, and a big group project that is the focus of the year. At the end of the school year in May, the students present their team project to other ACE teams, mentors, and a design jury comprised of members of the design, construction and real estate community.
At the final presentations in May, merit-based scholarships are awarded to students planning to pursue design, engineering or construction in college. For the past few years, Navigant’s Lending A Hand program has sponsored a scholarship that has gone to some of the great students that we have mentored on Team #10.Read More »
Navigant’s Shawn DeGroot served as an art teacher on the “Dream Team” in South Dakota in August for the Children’s Home Society that provides small groups of abused/neglected children an opportunity to create their own art. Eight artists work in various mediums and mentor the children by volunteering to teach classes. The opportunity gives the children a healthy, positive outlet to deal with their emotions and past trauma while they heal and attend school. In addition, Shawn created a “Koi Fish” glass art piece that was auctioned in October for $750 and 100% of the proceeds were donated to Children’s Home Society.Read More »
David Bower is an Associate Director in the Life Sciences Practice at Navigant. Since 2007, he has also been President of the Board of Directors at the 501(c)3 organization that he founded called Virtù, Inc. Virtù, Inc. focuses its operations on improving the educational opportunities to approximately 60 children aging from infants through young adults and living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. These children have been orphaned, abandoned or neglected and live under the full-time care of partner organization Sociedad Amigos de los Niños.
In 2016, Virtù, Inc. awarded seven full-scholarships covering all costs to attend private high school and eleven supporting scholarships children in attending public high school. Additionally, Virtù offered daily math and science tutoring, and provided daily English classes. For the past two years, Virtù has also created and supported a program for girls who have graduated from high school and are now attending university as they work towards transitioning out of the orphanage and into society. Through this transition program, Virtù has also awarded 7 full scholarships including tuition, room and board for girls attending university. These girls are studying marketing, engineering, international relations, and law. Finally, Virtù engages a broader group of children through supporting various housing facility renovation projects and job creation programs that impacted an additional 380 children in 2016.
Additionally, David recognized that Navigant’s 1M x 2020 campaign and Virtù share the mission of impacting youth through personal development and education. Specifically, Navigant’s 1M x 2020 campaign shares Virtù’s focus on college and career readiness. Virtù, Inc. focuses on long-term programs from young ages to change the perspective and thoughts of children abandoned by family or society to challenge their status and overcome their obstacles through education. The participants in Virtù, Inc.’s programs feel a sense of partnership and support in pursuing a better life through education to break their cycle of poverty by pursuing professional careers. As the founder and President of Virtù, Inc. and employee of Navigant, David demonstrates the shared commitment to corporate citizenship through direct involvement ranging from governance to mentoring. As recently as late November 2016 David was in Honduras working with the children that Virtù, Inc. serves for more than a week.
In regards to David’s own volunteering with Virtù, Inc., his role as President of the Board of Directors means that he works consistently throughout the year to ensure the organizations’ programs run smoothly, funding is secured, donors are kept up-to-date on happenings, and most importantly that he is always accessible to the children. For David’s time in Honduras this past November 2016, he spent the week of Thanksgiving in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to meet with our program directors, support three of Virtù’s girls graduating from high school, organize the educational and empowerment programs for 2017 and to engage in an annual fundraising campaign he champions each year called The Gift of Education. Specifically, this campaign provides presents to each child over the holiday season and he has been leading this effort since 2007. Each year at this time, he raises funds for the kids, goes to Honduras (all expenses paid by volunteers – all funds raised go directly to the kids) and takes all of the children (ages 6 months – young adults) shopping for a holiday present. For almost all of the children, this is literally their only time to go shopping for the entire year, so it is a very special occasion in itself. Finally, all funds raised beyond those of the gifts go directly towards the children’s education, hence the name “The Gift of Education.”Read More »
On November 17th Patrick Ociani, Navigant Administrative Coordinator in Human Capital, and friends (Team #compassionbreedschange) supported Covenant House for a third time to help raise awareness for the homeless youth of D.C. #sleepout2016 has gained more support since our first SleepOut. This year we had the pleasure again of hearing wonderful success stories from kids who have gone through Covenant House’s mentorship program and have gone off to college and starting their careers. The event was launched by a candle light vigil with music from a local band, speeches from local government officials and executives from Covenant House. Vernon Davis from the Washington Redskins also slept out to show his support.Read More »
In the spirit of celebrating Black History Month and African American Culture, The Black/African Ancestry Employee Resource Group (ERG) in Tampa presented school supplies to Foster Elementary on Monday, February 27, 2017. Principal, Kimberly Thompson and staff was delighted to receive the supplies. Ms. Thompson stated that this time of year the schools are limited on supplies and this gesture would help them through the rest of the school year. Special thanks to those who contributed supplies, cash or their time to make this event a success. And, thank you to Navigant’s Jason Guild, Bridget Cisneros, Genevieve Aziz and Theresa Hambrick who coordinated this event.Read More »
The Chicago Healthcare Analytics Team participated in the Ronald McDonald House Meals from the Heart program at RMH near University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Meals from the Heart volunteers work as a group to plan a menu, purchase the ingredients, and prepare the meal in the RMH full service kitchen, allowing families to find nourishment and comfort in a shared meal. These meals allow families to unwind, de-stress, and fortify their bodies to be at their best for their child in the hospital.Read More »