Providing students of modest economic means with a college preparatory education aimed at helping young men and women develop the habits of mind and spirit that will enable them to be successful in college, in their careers, and in life.
Providing meaningful opportunities for professionals to interact with and mentor students while making a difference in their lives. Over 100 Cleveland-area businesses, firms, and non-profits have partnered with Saint Martin.
Saint Martin invites students into our school community who are committed to academic, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical growth. During the admissions process, Saint Martin reviews academic, disciplinary, and attendance records, as well as teacher recommendations.
While we are serious about preparing students for college and career success, we also believe that school should be fun! Caring for the whole student, we believe that involvement in extracurriculars is essential to continuing to form talented, well-rounded, and interesting individuals.
Marisa Corsi, Lead Real Estate at Progressive Insurance, has mentored students in Saint Martin’s Corporate Work Study Program for nearly a decade, thanks to Progressive and Saint Martin’s partnership over the last 14 years. Boasting nothing but positive remarks, Marisa shares her love for the students and reflects on her worthwhile experience as a CWSP Supervisor.
Not only have she and other employees at Progressive helped the students grow and learn, but the students have left a lasting impact and have brought tremendous value to the company as well. “We have partnered with more than just students, but great employees who work with us and keep us balanced! Their unique backgrounds and different perspectives add incredible value to our company and have helped us grow both personally and professionally.” During her time at Progressive, she has had the opportunity to watch many students grow from their first year in Corporate Work Study as 9th-grade students through the time they graduate from Saint Martin.
And, the relationships that Marisa has formed with the students do not end with high school! Marisa was able to stay in touch with a Saint Martin alumna, Autumn ‘20 who she supervised at Progressive from 9th-12th grade. After learning about a project Marisa was working on from home due to the pandemic, Autumn volunteered to come over and help create work from home gift boxes that would be sent out to the Progressive employees. “She was helping me out not as an employee, but as a friend! She already graduated and yet she was willing to give back and take initiative in her former CWSP job.”
In Marisa’s office at Progressive, students have a variety of responsibilities, such as administrative tasks and planning different events. In the past, students worked on securing venues, getting price quotes, menu planning, and all other logistical decisions that needed to be made. With changes due to the pandemic, the majority of employees working from home, and less in-person work, there will be new upcoming responsibilities for the students. This includes counting inventory and packing supplies as Progressive prepares to move to a new building as well as working with the design department to help create projects for each of the new buildings. Marisa explains that the students are capable of learning and doing anything, making them an essential asset to Progressive.
Marisa is not the only one enjoying the program! All 4 of her students share their excitement for the job and enjoy what they are learning. Sophomore Nikyah ‘24 shares, “Working at Progressive has been great! It adds value to my life by ensuring I am efficient in my tasks while also making me feel comfortable in the office. I strive to stay organized while also building relationships with my coworkers.”
Marisa would recommend any company becoming a part of the Corporate Work Study Program at Saint Martin de Porres because the students are smart, willing to help, and want to learn. “I am proud to be part of the students’ journeys to develop lifelong skills and am amazed by what the students have to offer our company in return.”
For information about Progressive visit: https://www.progressive.com/auto/
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