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1,200 Cristo Rey Students Learning to Lead in an Accenture Program Through the Global Pandemic
Brenda Morris

Accenture delivered a 10-week interactive, virtual program for Cristo Rey students

The Cristo Rey Network is proud to share that Accenture's Learning to Lead program engaged a total of 1,200 students in 17 Cristo Rey schools during the extraordinary 2020-2021 school year. In the fall and spring semesters, the global professional services company delivered a 10-week interactive, virtual program for students many of whom were unable to participate in a typical Corporate Work Study Program job placement one day each week due to various pandemic-related reasons.

As highlighted in the Network's Accenture partnership article last fall, the Learning to Lead professional development experience aims to create a more inclusive future workforce by providing Cristo Rey students the opportunity to build upon their understanding of key areas that are defining the future of work and business. Each semester, a team of Accenture technologists, strategists, and designers facilitated large and small group sessions focused on subject matter topics for application in students' pathway from high school to career. Students learned about topics spanning from public speaking, personal brand, and mental wellness to emerging technology, financial literacy, and college preparation.

"The dimension and reach of Accenture's partnership has been a silver lining of the pandemic," said Alejandro Leza, Cristo Rey Network Director of Corporate Work Study. "Accenture has uniquely immersed our students network-wide into the corporate culture and strengthened their skills to provide even more value in their future job placements in the professional business community."

Students from the following Cristo Rey schools participated in Learning to Lead.
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore)
Cristo Rey Boston High School
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School
Christ the King Jesuit College Prep (Chicago)
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago)
Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep
Arrupe Jesuit High School (Denver)
Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston
Cristo Rey Kansas City High School
Cristo Rey New York High School)
Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School
Cristo Rey Sacramento High School
ICA Cristo Rey Academy (San Francisco)
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Twin Cities)
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (Washington, DC)

In summer 2020, Accenture leveraged the company's deep expertise in technology and experience working with interns to develop the curriculum for Cristo Rey students to connect their journey from education to employment. The company will continue to offer Learning to Lead into summer 2021.