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cristo rey sacramento C risto Rey Sacramento transforms lives by providing a Catholic, college preparatory education and professional work experience to high school students with limited financial resources. The school has two characteristics setting it apart from all other schools in the region: No students are admitted unless their family is at or below the federal poverty level; and All students spend five days a month being mentored in a workplace – an opportunity very few of their peers will ever experience. Cristo Rey’s Work-Study component exposes students to a new world of professionalism. Jan Scully, Sacramento’s retired District Attorney and a Cristo Rey board member says, “Through their participation in the program, students learn the work they perform is valued. Further, Work-Study inspires them to break the poverty cycle 92 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | comstocksmag.com which is so familiar to them.” Another board member, Dr. Alex Gonzalez, President Emeritus of Sacramento State, reports, “Cristo Rey graduates are four times more likely than others in their demographic group to complete college and 80% of our students will be the first in their families to attend college.” Traditional private schools cannot operate without significant tuition income. Cristo Rey is different. Work- study sponsors pay a fee to a 509(a)3 public benefit corporation which, in turn, helps fund the school. Sponsors choose if they want the student assigned to their own work site or to a community non-profit. Other revenue comes from fund-raising events, additional private donations and a tuition that is more symbolic than significant. “We want to thank the business community for supporting the Cristo Rey model of education. We want CRHSS.ORG to serve even more students from underserved communities, but we can’t unless we have additional Work-Study sponsors. Each student must have a job assignment,” says Cristo Rey President Sister Eileen Enright, RSM. Work-Study sponsors know they help unfold new and exciting futures for their sponsored students. PROFILE SPONSORED BY