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Luis’ Chicago Scholars Mentor Holiday Story

Chicago Scholars Mentor Holiday Story

Luis’ Chicago Scholars Mentor Holiday Story – From Zoo Lights to Campus Commutes

Every holiday season, our Chicago Scholars Mentors take advantage of the festivities all around the city to form bonds with the Scholars in their cohorts, and allow our Scholars to enjoy some of Chicago’s very own holiday magic.

Luis Narváez has been a mentor with us since 2017, and has worked with dozens of scholars and several cohorts in his time with Chicago Scholars, but he has a memory from last year’s holiday season that particularly stands out.

“I had the opportunity to win passes for my cohort to head to the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, followed by a group dinner afterwards. All of the scholars that came with us on that trip were incredible, and we were able to embrace the joy of the season together, as well as celebrating all of the work they had done that previous semester. I connected most with a few scholars in my cohort, Silvan (Evelyn) Jerez, Megan Gonzalez, and Amy Kan. As a first generation college student myself, we had a lot in common.”

Chicago Scholars Mentor Holiday Story Zoo Lights
Chicago Scholars Mentor Holiday Story Zoo Lights

“Throughout our time together at the park that cold winter night, we were able to bond in ways that we had not had the opportunity to do during our regular workshops. Being able to connect with scholars outside of prescheduled activities and sessions allow for a different type of interaction to take place, as well as to find out more about each other. This reaffirmed my commitment to support my scholars to the best of my ability.

Out of this experience, today, I’m still in close contact with Megan and meet frequently near the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she currently goes to school. The bond that formed during this festive activity allowed me to get to know her at a different level, and I’m even in conversation with her parents as well. I’m so grateful for opportunities like the mentorship program at Chicago Scholars, which has allowed me to give back to my community, as well as helping to give other first-generation students a chance at a bright future.”

Interested in becoming a mentor with us after reading Luis’ story? You’re in luck! Our mentorship program will be accepting new applications for mentors for the incoming Chicago Scholars class of 2029, and we’d love to have you!

Head over to the mentor info page to learn more HERE, or register for an upcoming mentorship Open House in early 2024 HERE

Dream Big: The Risk of College Undermatch

In October 2022, Megan Thee Stallion hosted Saturday Night Live the week before Chicago Scholars’ annual Onsite College and Leadership Forum. In a brilliant sketch, SNL spoofed inspirational urban educational dramas and the racism underlying many adults’ approaches to under-resourced students. In the sketch, Ego Nwodim portrays a substitute teacher determined to uplift her new students, saying: “You are not dumb…Maybe everyone in your life thinks it’s high school, then the streets, then prison. But not me…Now don’t be embarrassed, how many of you can read?” Puzzled student Megan Thee Stallion jumps in, explaining, “Miss, this is an honor’s level physics class…this is a STEM school. We all had to take a college-level test to get in here.”  

While we can laugh when stereotypes are lampooned on late night television, in the real world, these biases have consequences for high achieving students. Nationally, first generation college students are significantly under-represented at selective colleges. They are also less likely to graduate than their non-first-generation peers. At Chicago Scholars, we recruit academically ambitious first-generation and low-income students to be the first in their families to complete college and become Chicago’s next generation of leaders. Scholars are highly capable students, with an average high school GPA of 3.6 and many taking rigorous high school courses, including AP classes, IB curriculum, and credit-bearing college courses. More than 90% of Scholars are students of color. 

Through our annual Onsite College and Leadership Forum, Chicago Scholars’ students (whom we call Scholars) are some of the first students in the country to apply and be admitted to the nation’s top universities. Academic match, or – meaning the student’s academic qualifications as compared to a school’s rigor and selectivity,is a key pillar of our college counseling curriculum. Given our Scholars’ high academic potential, we strongly discourage “under matching,, meaning attending a college whose academic rigor and admissions standards are significantly below the student’s qualifications. To evaluate Scholars’ college lists, we use an adapted match rating system that was initially developed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the To and Through Project. The rating takes into consideration the real admissions rates of CPS students at each institution compared to the students’ high school GPA and standardized test scores. 

Those who don’t work in college access spaces might be tempted to ask, “What is the harm in undermatching? Shouldn’t we encourage students to apply where they are guaranteed to get in?” Data on our Scholars’ success demonstrates exactly the harm of undermatching: The more selective the college a Scholar attends, the more likely they are to graduate. 

The following table shows the graduation rate of Chicago Scholars by the competitiveness rating of the college: 

Table 1:  

College Competitiveness Rating  Graduation Rate of Matriculating Scholars 
CS Most Competitive  85% 
Most Competitive  87% 
Highly Competitive  76% 
Very Competitive  64% 
Competitive  58% 
Less Competitive  61% 


Nearly all Scholars are a match for “highly competitive” or “most competitive” institutions. While some students may be drawn to less competitive institutions for personal or financial reasons, they are much less likely to be successful there. An analysis by Brookings found this same pattern for first- generation students nationwide. While first-generation students at all types of institutions had lower graduation rates than their non-first gen peers, the graduation gap between the two groups grows wider as schools grow less selective.  

Undermatching also increases the risk that a student will transfer or stop out entirely, making it much less likely they will graduate on time: 83% of Scholars who remain at one institution graduate with a Bachelor’s degree within 6 years, compared to just 39% of those who transfer. 

Table 2: 

Competitiveness Rating  Scholar Transfer Rate 
CS Most Competitive  2% 
Most Competitive  7% 
Highly Competitive  10% 
Very Competitive  19% 
Competitive  23% 
Less Competitive  22% 
Noncompetitive (2-year)  50% 


Our data show that few Scholars transfer out of academic match or reach institutions. Yet the risk of a transfer increases the less rigorous the institution. Scholars are least successful at open enrollment institutions, particularly 2-year colleges. Most Scholars who begin at a 2-year institution do not earn a Bachelor’s or even Associate’s degree. Instead, these students – many of whom succeeded in college-level coursework throughout high school – stop out of higher education entirely. 

There are several causes underling this trend. In general, more competitive institutions have higher overall graduation rates. These institutions are also more likely to have endowments and other financial resources to support low-income students. It is also possible that students see more value in the coursework and on-campus experience of more competitive institutions.  

Our data also demonstrate that Scholars are more successful when they leave home. Overall, 81% of those who attend college out of state graduate on time, compared to 72% who remain in Illinois. That is why we encourage all Scholars to apply to at least one out of state college. An important factor behind this gap is that Scholars are unlikely to undermatch out of state. Those who leave Illinois tend to enroll at rigorous colleges, whereas those who stay in Chicago or attend a public university elsewhere in Illinois are likely to undermatch. While leaving home can be challenging, ultimately students are more successful as a result.  

Let’s not be like Nwodim’s substitute in the SNL sketch, whose classist biases limited the potential she saw in each student. That sketch closes with the increasingly vocal students pressing Nwodim’s character on her racist assumptions until finally she pulls the fire alarm to flee the classroom (unlikely for the real-life Nwodim, who holds a STEM degree from University of Southern California). As our Class of 2028 prepares for Onsite this year, we want them to dream big and showcase their talents to the world. Of the more than 600 high school seniors that will interview with colleges at Navy Pier on October 24th, some are sure to be future political leaders, college faculty, c-suite executives, and entrepreneurs. College may be just one step on their leadership journey, but the choices students make this year can vault them to success later in life. Scholars have already demonstrated intelligence, grit, and leadership. Rather than limiting their college options, it is up to us to nurture their dreams. 



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Intern highlight: Andrea Esperon

Hello! My name is Andrea Regina Esperon, and I am a rising Junior at Boston University majoring in Public Relations (Class of 2025).

I started my journey at Chicago Scholars as a Scholar. Within my first couple weeks in the program, I learned one important lesson that has stayed with me ever since. My Year 1 Mentors taught me to always seize an opportunity thrown at you, even if it means taking risks. Their lesson that ‘life is too short’ really stood out to me and I’ve adopted this mentality in everything I do. During my senior year of high school, I was a part of the Chicago Scholars Ambassadors program, and formed part of the social media and marketing committee. As a member, I learned how to use media and technology to promote the Chicago Scholars program to the Chicagoland community.

When researching internships, I was looking for something that embodied the same level of collaboration and intensity as the Ambassador program. That is when I found the Chicago Scholars Mentorship and Coaching Internship. Being an Intern, this past summer has taught me how to navigate a professional work environment, the importance of team building, and the power of the Chicago Scholars Core Values. I’ve learned how to use my creativity to benefit and build relationships between the Scholars, Mentors, and Staff.

Chicago Scholars has been a huge part of my life. To name a few, the Mentors and program has provided me with much needed support in the college application process and transition to college. I am beyond grateful for all my experiences and cannot wait for what the future of Chicago Scholars holds.

Loss and Gain of Purpose

Congratulations to the class of 2023. For those like me, completing undergrad marks the ending of a 20-year academic odyssey. On one hand, I am elated at the achievement. On the other hand, I mourn the end of my academic career.

Graduating from college feels different than completing other grades. From middle school to high school there was always a clear objective: Make it to the next grade. College also has a clear objective: Graduate and get a diploma. For most of my life, there has always been a clear purpose. Everything was already laid out for me. The path to take was already paved.

If you are anything like me, school has been the single most important task of your life.  I have always been good at academics, and I am not sure if I am good at anything else. The opportunity to explore the different things life has to offer was never presented to me in short, school has been my life, and now that it is over, I feel like I have lost my purpose.

As a first-generation student, graduating college is seen as the pinnacle of achievement. I have always relied on the encouragement from my family, friends, and community to achieve what none of them had before. Now that I have graduated, I am going further than anyone in my family.  As I reflect on these things a realization hits me: graduating undergrad represents the completion of a 20-year phase in my life. A phase in which I relied on authority to guide my action. Now I must take accountability for my own life, and the weight of that responsibility scares me.

I believe it is important to embrace fear and change. Achieving a lifelong dream is an accomplishment. It is also valid to mourn the ambition, drive, and direction it gave you. Purpose does not have to stay the same. Sometimes things feel pointless, like just floating in the middle of nowhere. In moments like this it is important to give yourself grace and compassion. Start small, perhaps your purpose today is to apply for three jobs daily, make breakfast, take a walk, spend time with loved ones. They may not seem as grand as graduating college, but it is important to take time and celebrate your victory before going to the next step. Even if it feels like you are just going through the motions, each action you take will bring you to the next phase in life. For now, my purpose is to express the highs and lows of post-grad life.

Purpose is more than a task to complete. Graduating college is more than getting a diploma. Focus, drive, dedication, and discipline are all important skills that were practiced there. Make a list of the skills you have gained. The lessons you have learned and the revelations you have made about yourself and the world. Amidst these things is the recipe for your new purpose.



Emerging Futures

Chicago Scholars’ dedication to uplifting and aiding first-generation and people of color (POC) Scholars in Chicago is most visible through their pre-college initiatives. As a Scholar, I can say that the college application and decision process can be quite strenuous, but I was fortunate to have my CS mentors and staff with me every step of the way, even after I matriculated at Denison University.

During the academic year, it is easy to get lost in the hustle of studying and extracurricular activities and forget about applying for internships or summer pre-professional programs. Internships during undergrad are essential, as they can help determine what career paths are open to you after college. As a first year student, it was even harder for me to look into internships because I had switched my major. With a plethora of internships and programs out there, it can be hard to narrow down your options and determine what makes the most sense for you. An example of this is deciding between paid or unpaid internships, relocation, or notable vs. lesser-known internships. 

It’s important to think about internships early in your academic career. The CS team introduced me to Emerge, a unique paid internship that builds on pre-existing soft and hard skills, to simulate the possible challenges they may face in the workplace, through unique activities like Growth Labs at partner companies, resume and interview workshops, and 1:1 coaching. Emerge gives students the opportunity to network with leaders in a variety of industries. As a Scholar, I felt drawn to Emerge’s promise of skill building in a professional environment. I have learned transferable skills in the marketing field that I intend to apply throughout my college experience and eventually in my legal practice. 

Jermal Ray, a rising sophomore studying architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, joined Emerge to seek opportunities for personal and community growth. Being part of a driven community of young people and supportive mentors is a highlight for him. “Emerge unleashed the passion to set new frontiers, opening doors to awareness, expertise and a strong entrepreneurial spirit through myself.”  Jermal states. This summer, Jermal is interning with The Walsh Group, a leading company in the construction sector. Jermal plans to use his experiences from this summer to add onto his professional and personal goals of growth and aspirations of being a CEO in the future. 

Lily Gonzalez is a rising sophomore at Oberlin College, majoring in mathematical economics with a minor in statistical modeling and a concentration in business. Lily said she joined Emerge because “as a first-generation student, exposure to different internships and opportunities come rarely and I felt that the Emerge program would be a great way to help bridge that gap.” Lily is currently interning at Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC., an alternative real estate firm headquartered in Chicago. Throughout the program, Lily gained technical skills, added to her resume, found a mentor, and built relationships across a variety of industries and sectors while building meaningful friendships and corporate partnerships. Lily recently pitched a capstone to a panel of judges, where her group (IOR Solutions) was chosen to present at the Emerge closing ceremony! 

Emerge is part of the CS mission to guarantee that all Scholars will have an internship before they graduate from college. Programs such as Emerge contribute to personal and economic growth in minority communities, through internships which are essential for increasing your options in the job search after college. Studies have shown that students are 15% less likely to face unemployment post-grad when taking part in an internship during undergrad. By providing access to internships, Emerge helps close the opportunity gap and create a more equitable future.  

Zandie Lawson is a 2023 Emerge Scholar and a member of the Chicago Scholars Class of  2026. She is currently a student at Denison University. 

Join us on this journey!

This was an exciting week for Chicago Scholars and President and CEO Dominique Jordan Turner as she attended the first Obama Fellow Retreat. Yesterday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the fellows as they began this collaborative journey.

Check out CBS Chicago’s coverage of the day, including an interview with Dominique!

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Last month, Dominique was announced as one of twenty leaders from around the globe chosen to be part of this two-year program meant to scale the impact of their work. This opportunity means that more people than ever will begin to learn about the transformational work happening at Chicago Scholars and our mission to develop the next generation of Chicago leaders.

This happens as we are set to welcome our new class of 715 Scholars, our largest class yet. Your support makes it possible for us to continue to offer our program to even more talented Chicago Scholars.

Join us on this journey, please consider making a donation today to help us as we grow and expand our work during this exciting time!

A Letter from Our CEO on COVID-19

When Chicago Scholars was founded, our objective was to elevate the voices of Chicago’s young and talented people into leadership positions across the city. Since then, we’ve fostered an incredible community of people who support each other, motivate each other, and love each other. Through our Scholars, we have seen that leadership takes many forms, and shines brightest in times of crisis.

Our Scholars, spanning from high school to early career, are stepping up to support their loved ones and those most impacted by COVID-19. Take Cristal, who is leveraging her networks to highlight the unique challenges that low-income, first-generation college students are facing in their transition to virtual learning. Daniel, an alum and Chicago Elementary School teacher, is spending time cooking with his mother. Jeanpierre, a student at Loyola, helped his friends pack and store their belongings during nation-wide college closures. Across the board, we are so proud of our Scholars who are stepping up as leaders and doing what they need to care for themselves and others.

During this COVID-19 outbreak, things continue to evolve rapidly. Amidst this uncertainty, we continue to stay focused on people: getting our Scholars, our staff, and our community through this crisis and into a stable and hopeful future.

To this end, we have expanded our Emergency Lifeline Grant funding and created the Chicago Scholars Response Fund to support our Scholars with emergency funding for expenses like travel, rent, utilities, and technology resources as they and their families adapt to closed college campuses and losses of income associated with industry-wide closures.

Our staff continues to work tirelessly and collaboratively to transition our programming and events into meaningful virtual gatherings. This includes our Scholar Interview Nights, where Chicago-area professionals have the opportunity to help us select our next class of Scholars. You can still sign up for volunteer shifts on our website. Our staff, mentors, and counselors are also helping our Scholars in high school choose the best college for them; keeping our Scholars in college on track to graduation and launching them into fulfilling careers; and continuing to offer our Scholar Alums career and networking resources to ensure they maintain a growth mindset and nurture their leadership skills.

This work is not just about our Scholars but ensuring Chicago as a whole makes it through this crisis stronger and more unified than ever. We are strengthening our ties with community partners to identify and meet the needs of the people we serve. We are working with our corporate and foundation partners to envision how best to provide summer internships – a critical milestone in leadership and career development – in our changing and uncertain workforce. Our Associate Board is identifying ways to transition our UnTied fundraiser to a virtual platform and elevate the leadership of this year’s 35 Under 35. We are reaching out to families to ensure that they have not only knowledge, but access to both local and federal resources. You can view our compilation of resources here.

The true test of a leader is how one responds over time and under pressure. Determining how to respond to uncertainty is, quite frankly, uncertain. All of us face the question: how do you know what to do when you don’t know what to do? At a time when we want to hold those dearest to us close, we are told that we must stay distant, for the safety of them and the public at large. As a mother, friend, non-profit CEO, and proud Chicagoan, I know that our city and its people are resilient and tenacious. We have already seen incredible forms of leadership and solidarity as our Scholars and partners band together to uplift those most in need. Caring for each other is how we emerge stronger and more unified than ever.

Where is the Class of 2020 headed this fall?

On Tuesday, Class of 2020 Scholars announced their college decisions at our annual College Choice Celebration. Here’s where they plan to enroll this fall:

Adrian College

Agnes Scott College

Albion College

American Academy of Art

Amherst College

Augustana College

Aurora University

Ball State University

Bates College

Benedictine University

Bowdoin College

Bradley University

CCC, Harold Washington College


CCC, Malcolm X College

CCC, Olive-Harvey College

Central Michigan University

Claremont McKenna College

Colgate University

Columbia College Chicago

Cornell University

Culinary Institute of America

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

Dominican University

Eastern Illinois University

Elmhurst College

Emory University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Governors State University

Grand Valley State University

Hampton University

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College

Haverford College

Hope College

Howard University

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois State University

Iowa State University

Jackson State University

Kalamazoo College

Knox College

Lake Forest College

Lawrence University

Lehigh University

Lewis University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans

Macalester College

Marquette University

Michigan State University

Middlebury College

Middlesex University

Morehouse College

North Carolina A&T State University

North Park University

Northeastern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University

Northwestern University

Oakton Community College

Oberlin College

Pitzer College

Pomona College

Saint Xavier University

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Spelman College

St. Olaf College

Stanford University

Taylor University

Tennessee State University

Trinity College

United States Naval Academy

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Indianapolis

University of Iowa

University of Michigan

University of Missouri Kansas City

University of Pennsylvania

University of San Francisco

University of South Alabama

University of Southern California

University of Tampa

University of Wisconsin, Madison

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Valparaiso University

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wesleyan University

Western Illinois University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Youngstown State University

Our Summer Challenge


We welcomed the Class of 2021 as our biggest class of Scholars and engaged more than 200 mentors to guide them through the college application process.

We cheered the Class of 2020 as they were accepted into colleges and universities around the country and announced their college decisions.

We connected the Classes of 2018 and 2019 with junior and senior Peer Mentors to help them maximize their first years at school.

We expanded the networks of the Class of 2017 and facilitated summer internships and employment opportunities.

We celebrated the Class of 2016 as they graduated from college, often the first in their families to receive a college diploma.

We engaged alumni to become leaders in Chicago and helped them find opportunities with employers and graduate schools.


As we join the Scholars in celebration of their achievements, we know that we are here today because of supporters like you who volunteer, mentor and give financially to Chicago Scholars. It is this community of support that empowers determined, bright young people to lead, drive change, and make Chicago the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Now we need your help to make an even bigger impact this coming year. If you donate now, your donation will be doubled by a grant from a generous donor, who has agreed to match up to $20,000.

Please help us maximize this grant and ensure Scholars like Christopher (’20)Michera (’15), and Melissa (’16) reach their highest potential.


Dominique Jordan Turner featured on WCIU’s You & Me

Dominique Jordan Turner joined “You & Me” hosts Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman on WCIU this morning to discuss how high school students can become the “ideal college candidates” and better there chances of getting accepted into their dream school.

Perfecting the college application is central to the Launch phase of Chicago Scholars program, and the first year of our seven-year program is focused on the college admissions process. Dominique shared some of our best practices that any high school student can use to improve their application.

Watch the video by clicking below!


Coronavirus-Related Resources for Chicago’s Underserved Communities

Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to band together and support our city’s most vulnerable populations. Below, we have compiled a list of resources to support people and communities most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and ways you can get involved. If there are additional resources that we should be including, please directly email our Senior Associate of Communications, Anthony Santa Maria.










  • Access living has put together these resources.


  • 5 ways to help teens manage anxiety about coronavirus.

  • Mental Health America has compiled resources for disease outbreaks.


  • Thrive Chicago has put together resources spanning education, food access, employment and housing assistance, and more.

Chicago Scholars announces REACH, a first-of-its-kind platform to close the gap between talent and opportunity

For over two decades, Chicago Scholars has empowered nearly 6,000 high-performing, under-resourced students to overcome systemic barriers to success in college. In addition to its wraparound support for Chicago-based students, Chicago Scholars has created REACH, a first-of-its-kind app designed to connect top talent with professional opportunities in ways that feel less like homework and more like a video game. 

REACH connects students, employers, colleges, and community partners in the virtual world, driving awareness and closing the gap between talent and opportunity. Students will earn badges and rewards for completing real-life tasks related to college and career success, such as applying for jobs and connecting with mentors. In addition, they will have access to community, support, and insider knowledge that often needs to be added for high-performing, under-resourced students whose families and friends may not have experience with college and the careers students would like to pursue.

Chicago Scholars CEO and REACH Pathways co-CEO Jeffery Beckham, Jr. presented this innovative opportunity as a finalist in the SXSW Pitch 2023, a competition showcasing innovative new technology to a panel of industry experts, high-profile media professionals, venture capital investors, and angel investors. REACH Pathways was the only Chicago-based startup to be recognized as a finalist in the 2023 pitch competition. REACH Pathways received an award in the Future of Work category, which focuses on technologies that enable, empower, change, and expand capabilities in the future of work and the working experience. 

“We’re honored to receive SXSW’s Future of Work award for REACH,” said Beckham. “It is important that our mission bridges the gap between talent and opportunity for students to succeed. REACH Pathways will achieve this through its access to community, support, and insider knowledge – this award is a testament to that mission.” 

Chicago Scholars is the largest education nonprofit in Chicago, welcoming 500-600 of the city’s most ambitious and driven underrepresented students into its class each year. Following the seven-year program, students have a 95% college enrollment rate, graduate at twice the rate of their peers, and 50% earn more than their parents did or are in management roles just a few years after college graduation. But the remaining 88% of eligible Chicago students – not to mention the millions of high-performing, under-resourced students nationwide – also deserve support. 

“To achieve our vision of a vibrant Chicago powered by diverse leaders from every neighborhood, we need to serve those students,” said Brooke McKean, co-CEO of REACH and President of Chicago Scholars. “We’re proud of the intimate and individualized approach we provide our Scholars. Pairing that with the REACH app, we can spread our impact and take a major step forward in developing the leaders of tomorrow.”

“REACH Pathways is grounded in the belief that a student’s zip code shouldn’t determine their life outcomes. Success looks like diverse young adults accessing better careers, increasing their lifetime earnings, and creating multi-generational wealth – in Chicago and beyond,” said Beckham.

For more information on REACH and to get involved as a college or corporate partner, volunteer, or bring REACH to a specific community, visit

From Forbes: How Chicago Scholars Is Changing The Lives Of Young Men Of Color

“Due to systemic discrimination and attacks on affirmative action, over the past few years college enrollment for Black men has dropped by 14.8%, and Latino men’s enrollment decreased by 10.3% in the United States. The Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering opportunity, is working to combat these decreases in enrollment with their newly launched program, Young Men of Color. With this initiative, Chicago Scholars is committed to increasing the young men of color served by their college access programs, and enriching their lives,” writes Marybeth Gasman of Forbes.

Read the full article here.