ComEd and Exelon-United Way Stay in School Initiative
The ComEd and Exelon-United Way Stay in School Initiative provides valuable after-school programming to help middle school and high school students with the support they need to advance to the next grade level and graduate. In addition to yielding higher graduation rates, Stay in School improves students’ grades, attendance rates and pro-social behaviors.
Employees pledged $6.5 million in 2012 toward the annual Exelon-United Way campaign. Also, the matching gifts program provided over $1.3 million in donations on behalf of employees and the board of directors to over 1,200 educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
Illinois Holocaust Museum Anti-Bullying Initiative
With support from Exelon, the Illinois Holocaust Museum launched an Anti-Bullying Initiative, which encompasses existing Museum anti-bullying programming, as well as new opportunities for education and partnerships. The Illinois Holocaust Museum uses a focused approach to address this issue and educate young people, capitalizing on its distinctive public space and historical lens. IHM launched the initiative with “Stand Up! Youth Leadership Day” in March, 2011, where elementary students were challenged to develop skills and learn strategies to become leaders in their communities.
Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy
Building on Exelon’s existing “Energy for Education” initiatives, Exelon, the Rowe Family Charitable Trust, and Frank and Vera Clark contributed $4.2 million to open Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy charter school in 2007. Operated by Noble Network of Charter Schools, and located in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, the school currently serves over 600 students in grades 9 – 12. In June 2010, the first class of seniors graduated with 100 percent of the class accepted into college. In the years since, the campus has graduated over 300 students and maintains a 79% college persistence rate among its alumni; most graduates proceed on to four-year colleges as did 91% of graduates from the Class of 2013. Graduates of Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy currently attend dozens of colleges and universities across the nation including: Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Monmouth College, and Howard University. Exelon provides summer internship opportunities for students to receive meaningful work experience and gain a broader understanding of potential careers in the energy industry.
Braidwood “Fishing for a Cure” Tournament
Since 2002, Braidwood Generating Station has hosted Exelon Nuclear’s “Fishing for a Cure” bass fishing tournament. Each year, Braidwood employees choose a different charity to benefit from the event. The 2014 tournament raised a record $59,500 for the Coal City and Diamond Tornado Disaster Relief Effort. The proceeds went to help more than 240 homeowners and business owners affected by the devastating tornado that swept through the Coal City and Diamond communities in November 2013. Since its beginning, the “Fishing for a Cure” tournament has raised more than $365,000 for charity.
University of Delaware Trader Training Program
Exelon Power Team donated $500,000 to the University of Delaware to create an on-campus simulated trading floor. The program allows university students to get real-world training without leaving campus.
Wharton Energy Club
Since 2005, Exelon has been a platinum sponsor of the Wharton Energy Conference, an annual event sponsored by the Wharton Energy Club, an independent, student-run organization at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The event brings together more than 200 energy industry thought leaders and business school students for a meaningful discussion about the future of energy.