First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at Urban Alliance Chicago

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, sitting down with the first group of graduates from the Urban Alliance Chicago program.

The program partners with local companies to give real life work skills to students in under-served and often under privileged areas of the city.

Each of the 65 CPS students involved in this inaugural program spent a year interning with these companies, a paid internship, prior to continuing their education.

Mayor Emanuel proudly announced today that every single student in this group will be continuing their education in the fall.

The First Lady spent a portion of her morning talking to these kids about their experiences, what they can learn from them and teach others.

She’s also fielded questions from students wanting to know how she succeeded in life.

Next year, 150 CPS kids will be joining the program as it continues to expand to other companies.

Mayor Emanuel also announced today that CPS students overall earned the most scholarships than ever before in Chicago.

As for the First Lady, this is her only scheduled event here in Chicago today.

Wednesday night, she attended the Beyonce concert with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, at the United Center and says she was extremely happy to be home sleeping in her own bed last night.

Urban Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in Washington, DC in 1996 that provides under-resourced youth with work experience and support to prepare them for a life of self-sufficiency.

In fall 2012, Urban Alliance Chicago opened, serving 70 youth through the High School Internship Program.

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