Camelot’s Colby Chapman Honored for her Community Engagement
Colby Chapman, Director of Student Services at Camelot’s Southwest Campus in Chicago, is among 30 Chicago women being recognized by Women Empowered for Civic Engagement (WECE) for making an immediate impact in their neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, and nation in 2018.
In addition to her regular job, Ms. Chapman directs an organization in Chicago called Penny Up, dedicated to providing a comprehensive and economically integrated approach to address financial literacy, job readiness, and entrepreneurship resources for youth in disenfranchised communities. She is also running to be an alderman in the suburban town of Harvey.
“She always goes above and beyond, does phenomenal work with our students in getting them into college and exposing them to different career paths,” Camelot VP for Chicago Pedro Segarra said. “She has a passion for working with students. And if she wins, she will be the first African-American woman to become Alderwoman of the 2nd Ward in the City of Harvey”
“In my current role at Excel Academy Southwest, I have a direct understanding of the impact civic engagement has on students,” Colby said. “By students becoming civically engaged, they develop a keen sense of passion for their belief and purpose. These opportunities are often plentiful with WECE and Camelot.”
Mr. Segarra, who addressed the awards event on December 1st at Harborside International Golf Center, said Camelot’s involvement with the event demonstrates how strongly the organization believes in community engagement.
“We work to develop relationships to have a greater influence on the communities in which we work,” he said. “It’s not just about what happens within the school from 7:45 – 3:30. In order for us to truly have an impact on the South Side of Chicago, we need to stay engaged with the organizations that are doing great work. We want to be able to meet and network with like-minded people who can help us expand our impact on the community.”
Colby Chapman is more than doing her part.
“Gratitude and many thanks to Ms. Joyce Chapman, founder of WECE, who’s a pillar and defines altruism,” Chapman said. “Each and every woman involved in the organization has a vision and mission to unite and empower women. Thank you, WECE, for your investment in our communities and taking action to amplify change on the South Side!”
Congratulations Ms. Chapman!