Early Christmas for Youth

December 17, 2014 (CHICAGO) –Christmas is coming early for young people on the South Side. Pullman Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, is helping to bring a new recording studio to The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Starting in 2015, youth, as well as adults, will have the opportunity to train for careers in the music recording industry and broadcast communications.

“Music has always been a powerful way for people to express their creativity,
their voices, their hopes and dreams,” said Vernon Lawson, The Kroc Center’s Arts and Education Director. “This recording studio will give people an opportunity to explore their talents and creativity, and become community advocates. It will be a practical extension of the music education and teen center programs already offered by The Salvation Army at the Kroc Center.”

Pullman Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, generously donated $30,000 toward the cost of equipment for the studio. “We are very happy to continue to support the Kroc Center and the amazing things they do in our community, says Eric Thompson, market manager for Pullman Bank & Trust. “As a community bank, we recognize the importance of the Kroc Center and the impact the center has on the community and we want to ensure that they are able to continue to offer programs that will keep our young people engaged.”

“We are so grateful to Pullman Bank & Trust for their commitment to The Kroc Center and our community,” said Major David Harvey, The Kroc Center’s Senior Officer. “With their support, we can offer yet another avenue for people to express their creativity. But more importantly, youth will be safe and productive, and will learn new skills that can be the foundation for a future college degree or career.”

With area science and math grades 20% lower than the national average, this studio will
motivate young people to apply new skills in math and science in the field of music production, editing and sound. Those interested will get hands on experience in the installation and opportunities to use the equipment for independent production projects.