Internships, partnerships and networking are keys to providing students with exposure, access and equality.

We’re all familiar with the expression, “If you build it, they will come.”

So it’s not surprising that many people view opportunity through a similar lens: If opportunity presents itself, success will come.

It should be troubling to all of us that this opportunity is not present for all students. In fact, for many black and Latino students in Chicago Public Schools, an “opportunity gap” is prevalent, despite the fact that CPS has recently seen unprecedented successes for a large urban school district.

But CPS can’t do it alone. Businesses will not thrive if our collective citizenry does not thrive.

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