The SPR Difference
We’ve got technology at our core, but that’s not all. We also have a big heart for giving back and paying forward. So we bring technology to a wide audience — students, people with disabilities, displaced workers, urban youth, and others.
We're now in our second year of hosting a 3D Derby Day for students of the LEARN Charter School Network. Each spring, we welcome 40+ students into our office for a day of technology concepts and hands-on learning. The day includes two tracks of learning — one for first-timers to learn the basics of 3D printing, and another tier of computer programming for students returning a second time.
The 3D Derby Day is just one example of how SPR aims to inspire today’s youth to see what’s possible in business and technology. We also work with Chicago Public Schools, Year Up Chicago, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, UIC’s Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) among others, to provide urban children and youth with learning opportunities.
Extending the Workforce
We work with professionals with disabilities, understanding that these perspectives and skills uniquely extend a company’s workforce. SPR founded ITKAN Chicago, a collaboration with partners like Microsoft Technology Center Chicago and AbilityLinks, to create opportunities for skilled IT professionals with disabilities.
Supporting Civic Tech
Our team of developers, engineers, designers, and coders make an effort to participate in civic hack days — events that promote building and learning about civic tech. These events support the development of new tools that make our city a better place.
When our team asked for more ways to get involved, we created SPR Cares as our commitment to philanthropy of all sorts. From toy drives to feeding the less fortunate and cheek-swabbing for the national bone marrow registry, each initiative involves a dedicated effort by employees and leadership who truly care.
We're happy to collaborate with a few partner organizations in the Chicago area.
Year Up Chicago
Providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
A collaboration to create career opportunities for skilled IT professionals with disabilities.
Skills For Chicagoland's Future
A partner in job training and placement for Chicago’s unemployed.
Leading the Way
SPR’s Director of Civic Engagement, Pat Maher, continues a personal and company initiative that fosters and develops key civic partnerships. Pat leads SPR’s efforts to support the technical and professional growth of people with disabilities, new grads, and other displaced populations historically overlooked and undervalued.