Our Vision

A vibrant Chicago powered by diverse leaders from every neighborhood.

 
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Our Mission

We uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.

EDUCATION + MENTORSHIP + LEADERSHIP = TRANSFORMATION

 
 

WE BELIEVE

EDUCATION + MENTORSHIP + LEADERSHIP = TRANSFORMATION

 
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Our Seven-Year Model

Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access: Launch, College Success: Lift, College to Careers: Lead, we ensure that they reach their full potential as students and leaders.

86% of Chicago Scholars Graduate college within 6 years.

According to the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, only 48% of their peers earn a degree within six years. 

Upon graduation, our Scholars move into leadership positions across Chicago, helping to drive the economic future of their communities and our thriving city.

 
 

Our Three Phases

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College access: Launch

Scholars navigate the college application process, enroll in a best match-fit college, and begin building leadership skills.

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College Success: Lift

Scholars are supported throughout college to practice self-advocacy, develop leadership skills, and utilize their networks on and off campus.

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College to Careers: Lead

Leadership development training helps Scholars successfully transition into and advance in their careers.

 

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