Eric Lefkofsky -- Liz Lefkofsky Fund Academy for Urban School Leadership's Success Project here for high-resolution version

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - March 14, 2016) - Eric Lefkofsky, Chairman and Co-founder of Groupon, and his wife Liz are proud to fund The Academy for Urban School Leadership and its work to bring 'The Success Project' to their schools. AUSL is a non-profit organization that helps create a stronger educational environment and improve student achievement in Chicago's lower performing schools.

Established in 2001, AUSL serves more than 18,000 students in 32 Chicago Public Schools. The organization provides new leaders, teachers, staff, additional programs, and upgraded facilities ­-- enhancements aimed at improving academic achievement, student engagement, and parental satisfaction. Liz and Eric Lefkofsky are providing their support through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation.

Designed to better prepare middle school students for success in high school, college and life, 'The Success Project' is a unique partnership between the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute, the Chicago Public Schools, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership. The Success Project aims to better prepare middle grade students for success in high school by smoothing the often perilous transition between 8th and 9th grades. That work must start earlier -- as early as 6th grade -- with better academic preparation, social supports and help identifying "right match and fit" high schools to put more young people on the path to success. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, 'The Success Project' is halfway through the pilot phase, serving thousands of 6th to 8th grade students in 38 middle schools.

About Lefkofsky Family Foundation
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation that was established in 2006 by Liz and Eric Lefkofsky. The purpose of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation is to advance high-impact programs, initiatives and research that enhance the quality of human life in the communities we serve. To achieve this mission, the Foundation strives to: ensure access to quality education; improve fundamental human rights; propel innovative medical research; and expand cultural initiatives. For more information on the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, visit:

About Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky is Chairman and Co-founder of Groupon and Managing Director of Lightbank. He is also the Co-founder of InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, and Uptake. Eric Lefkofsky is a Trustee of Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School. For more information on Eric Lefkofsky, visit:

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