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Unilever, Walgreens team on youth center facility
November 1st, 2010
CHICAGO – Unilever and Walgreens unveiled a new activity and life skills learning area at the Midtown Education Foundation's Metro Achievement Center serving inner-city girls in Chicago.
The consumer products giant said the new Activity and Life Skills learning area, a formerly unfinished and unused space at the Metro Achievement Center, will expand personal and educational development programs to support girls ages 8 to 18.
The joint community effort, announced Friday, was tied to Unilever's National Customer Development Leadership Team's semiannual meeting held in Chicago. As part of the group's regular gatherings, the 70 Unilever leaders seek out a key community project to address in the local area. In lieu of recreational outings, the team opted to partner with eight executives at Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens and give back to the community, according to Unilever.
Enhancements to the center will include inspirational pictures depicting young women at the height of achievement; a fully equipped kitchen skills learning area; a flat-panel, large-screen television monitor with PA sound system; 5,000 square feet of new padded wood laminate studio flooring, new enhanced lighting, and a variety of life skills and exercise equipment. The refurbished space will host life skill lessons, such as cooking and personal hygiene, as well as exercise and dance classes.
"Unilever is committed to improving the lives of consumers where we live, work and play, and Walgreens has a proven track record of reaching consumers in the heart of their communities," commented Joe Cavaliere, senior vice president of customer development at Unilever. "We are proud to partner with Walgreens to help make a difference in the lives of these girls in Chicago."
According to Unilever, Walgreens has championed the center and played a major role in its ongoing development for more than 20 years.