Welcome Freshmen

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., stressed the importance of learning the basics while talking to a group of 125 incoming freshmen students at Cristo Rey Kansas City.

 “You’ve started by learning the basic skills of business,” he said. “How to properly shake a hand, how to answer the phone, how to file paperwork. The basics may sound boring, but they are important. It’s like practice. To perform your best, you have to practice and understand the fundamentals.”

Cristo Rey Kansas City is a member of the Cristo Rey Network. The Cristo Rey Network consists of 32 quality, Catholic, college preparatory high schools for urban youth with limited educational options. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a Corporate Work Study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education.

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(Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., CRKC President John O'Connor and Director of Royals Charities Marie Dispenza pose with Cristo Rey in-coming freshmen)

Royals Charities is sponsoring the Corporate Work Study Summer Program for incoming freshmen. These are 14- and 15-year-old students, who have been accepted into Cristo Rey, are required to be part of the summer training to learn business hard and soft skill basics, such as, looking a person in the eye while shaking their hand, proper phone etiquette and filing.

White thanked Royals Charities for their sponsorship, “It is because of your collaborative and giving spirit that a difference is being made in the lives of our urban students with high economic need. Thank you.”

The Cristo Rey Network serves more than 10,700 students across 21 states and DC and collectively claim 11,500 graduates, the network delivers a powerful and innovative approach to inner-city education that equips students from economically-disadvantaged families with the knowledge, character and skills to transform their lives.

Among the companies that companies will be presenting to individual classes at the summer training are: DST Systems, HCA Midwest, HNTB, KC Association of Legal Administrators, KC Water Services, Littler Mendelson, Lumen Touch, Ryan Lawn, Shick Solutions and UMB Bank.