100 Black Men of Chicago – National
The 100 Black Men of America trains its members, who are all volunteers, using a curriculum entitled Mentoring the 100 Way, which stresses the long term commitment required and teaches effective and innovative mentoring concepts. The 100 Black Men has expanded over the decades from classroom and school-based mentoring programs to community mentoring and to deploying our mentoring concept in schools run by the 100. While improving educational achievement is a significant goal of our mentoring efforts, Mentoring the 100 Way focuses on developing our mentees from elementary school to career.
A Better Chance – National *
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.
Academically Interested Minds (AIM) – Kettering University – National
AIM (Academically Interested Minds) is a five-week residential pre-college summer program which began in 1984 and has continued to thrive over the years. The program is designed to augment Kettering University's efforts to reach a greater number of multicultural students who have a strong interest in the areas of engineering, math, science and business.
The ACE Chicago Mentor Program takes a “hands-on” approach to helping students learn about careers in architecture, construction, engineering and related professions. Using a variety of engaged learning approaches, the program involves students in activities that help them build skills they can carry over to school subjects, such as graphic design, art, math and engineering. We also offer a program that provides paid summer internships at ACE’s participating firms.
ACT-SO – National
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
After School Matters
After School Matters is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities through Science, Sports, Tech, Words and the nationally recognized Gallery programs. Apprenticeships are the core model of After School Matters and are programs in which teens learn marketable skills in a professional atmosphere from industry experts. The instructor-to-student ratio is 1:15, and the ideal program incorporates two instructors working with 30 teens. Most apprenticeships last 90 hours over ten weeks during the school year and 135 hours over six weeks during the summer.
Better Boys Foundation
Better Boys Foundation (BBF) serves boys and girls ranging in age from five to 18 through innovative out-of-school time programming such as apprenticeships, mentorship, academic support and more. We also address the needs of young adults through scholarships for post-secondary study and work with families via integrated crisis intervention, counseling, case management, and referral services.
Beyond the Ball
Beyond the Ball provides a variety of programming aimed at reaching kids early (Kindergarten) and staying with them through college (up to age 24). We teach youth personal and social responsibility through sports. The goal is to maintain a relationship with youth all the way through college, mentoring them at each step of the way. As kids grow, they are not only participating in different programs, they also begin to mentor those who follow. These elements of youth leadership, mentoring, and serving create the environment through which our mission is accomplished.
The Black Star Project
The Black Star Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap. Our mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities. In order to achieve our goal of eliminating the racial academic achievement gap, we concentrate on three main areas of initiative: student engagement, parental development and advocacy.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
BRIDGE – Wheaton College
Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Great Education (B.R.I.D.G.E.) is an intensive, four-week residential academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together first-generation college-bound, low-income or African-American or Latino students from the Chicagoland area who are interested in preparing for admission to college.
Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development (BUILD)
BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. We accomplish our mission through violence prevention/intervention, youth development, and coalition building. Over the years, we have taken the best elements of our program experience and created the BUILD Model, consisting of Prevention, Intervention, and BUILDing Futures (college/career prep and youth leadership development), which provides coordinated services that assess youths’ needs, identify their assets, and involve them in our programs and refer them to our community partners.
buildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through afterschool programs and intensive community service. Internationally, buildOn works alongside local communities to build schools in some of the economically poorest countries, including Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, and Mali. buildOn students travel to these villages to participate in school construction and be immersed in a different culture.
Cabrini Connections helps economically disadvantaged students succeed in high school & move on to college or a career. We do this by pairing the students with an adult tutor who supports their academic achievement and provides guidance in life skills.
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience – Carleton College – National
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.
Center for Talent Development – Northwestern University
The Center for Talent Development Summer Program provides summer learning and enrichment for students from PreK through grade 12. Through our Leapfrog, Spark, Solstice, Apogee, Spectrum, Equinox and Civic Leadership Institute course series, we serve outstanding students, facilitating high achievement, self-confidence and a love of learning among all our participants.
The Chicago Scholars Foundation provides Chicago’s young leaders with the support they need to achieve their dreams: mentorship, college admissions support, and access to summer internships and career programming. We reach out to students from recently emigrated families and under-resourced communities and nurture their talent through an innovative five-year program lasting from the senior year of high school through the senior year of college.
Chicago State University Upward Bound
Project F.A.M.E/Upward Bound seeks to contribute to the cultivation of future leaders by providing high school students with a variety of academic, leadership, and cultural enrichment opportunities designed to generate high levels of achievement in precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The Upward Bound Program is a pre-collegiate initiative providing instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
Chicago Training Center
Chicago Training Center, using the sport of competitive rowing, creates opportunities for underserved Chicago youth to challenge themselves to achieve their athletic and academic potential. The CTC’s nurturing environment motivates students to become physically fit, to build teamwork, self-esteem and leadership skills, as well as develop and advance their educational and life goals.
Chicago Youth Centers
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is Chicago's largest independent, locally based, multi-site youth services organization, with eight neighborhood centers on the south and west sides of Chicago and Camp Rosenthal, a summer residential camp in southwestern Michigan. CYC is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income, at-risk children and teens through a variety of innovative and effective programs—from early childhood education to and through college.Chicago Youth Programs
CYP’s programs engage youth long-term, from preschool to college. At each academic and developmental level, program volunteers and staff develop interventions aimed at helping at-risk youth learn grade appropriate concepts. By combining these educational interventions with a wide variety of recreational, social, health, and career programs, CYP creates its comprehensive formula for success. Our programs operate in three broad community areas: Washington Park, Near North/Cabrini Green, and Uptown. Please visit our individual community pages to find out more about the programs that run in each of these communities.
City Colleges of Chicago TRIO Upward Bound
The Upward Bound Program prepares students to successfully pursue a post-secondary education. Through support and targeted instruction, the program works to increase the number of participants who enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The Upward Bound Program serves high school students from Richard T. Crane Technical Prep Common, Manley Career Academy, David G. Farragut Career Academy and Marshall Metro Magnet High School.
College Bound Opportunities
CBO utilizes a comprehensive set of programs to accomplish our goals of getting each Scholar into college and, most importantly, earn a college degree. Through programs such as one-to-one mentor relationships, ACT Prep classes, assistance with financial aid and college applications, laptops for each Scholar, and financial assistance, CBO Scholars are graduating at a rate of 96% compared to 56% of college students nationally.
The College Bridge program offers qualified juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Students participate voluntarily after school or in the summer, earning a semester of transferable college credit and a semester of high school elective credit upon completion of the course. CPS and the university partnerships absorb all costs of tuition, books and transportation. Several universities offer four-year scholarships to successful College Bridge students. Participating colleges include Chicago State University; the City Colleges of Chicago; DePaul University; Loyola University; National-Louis University; Roosevelt University; Northeastern Illinois University; North Park University; Northwestern University; Roosevelt University; St. Xavier University; University of Chicago; and the University of Illinois.
Columbia College of Chicago Art Programs
CCAP's work takes many forms. There are programs that support the students, teachers and parents of K-12 Chicago Public Schools through its Community Schools, Project AIM, and TEAM initiatives. CCAP's Urban Missions program creates important collaborations with community-based arts organizations throughout Chicago. The Teaching Artist Development Studio works to build and support the field of teaching artistry, serving new to established artists. Columbia College students and faculty are provided with avenues for real world, experiential learning, thanks to student programming made possible by BigArt and an ever expanding menu of volunteer opportunities.
Columbia College of Chicago Upward Bound
The Columbia College Chicago Upward Bound program was first funded in 1992. It serves students from two Chicago high schools: Foreman and Benito Juarez. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language are basic components of all programs. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
Columbia Links – Columbia College
Columbia Links is a journalism skills-building and leadership development program for youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools, housed at Columbia College Chicago. Through workshops, mentoring, and the creation of youth-produced publications, Links works to build expertise, relationships, skills and opportunities that connect students, teachers and volunteers through journalism, in the process revitalizing youth media in Chicago.
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
The mission of the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund is to give high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. DMSF conducts five “Core Programs” designed to enhance the lives of its scholars. Those programs begin during the summer before new Scholars enter high school, and continue through the college admission process.
DePaul University Community Outreach
Community Outreach cultivates community partnerships to foster high school to university transition for students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups within the neighborhoods of Chicago. INROADS Pre-Collegiate Program is an international career preparation and internship program serving students of color in business and engineering. LINK Unlimited is a college preparation and enrichment program serving low-income, African-American youth.
Development School for Youth (DSY) – All Stars Project Inc.
The Development School for Youth (DSY) is the All Stars Project's innovative outside-of-school leadership and business training program. In partnership with businesses and caring corporate professionals DSY offers supplemental educational, social and internship experiences in a variety of workplace settings.
Digital Youth Network (DYN)
The Digital Youth Network (DYN) is a hybrid digital literacy program that creates opportunities for youth to engage in learning environments that span both in-school and out-of-school contexts. While the middle-school component focuses on the development of youth's ability to create and consume across multiple media, the high school component allows youth to focus their development on an individual medium.
East Village Youth Program
The mission of the East Village Youth Program is to encourage and prepare primarily low-income, Latino youth for a college education. EVYP further strives to support these youth as they pursue their college degrees and enter professional careers. The youth program includes after-school tutoring, college prep, mentoring, and more.
Empowerment through Education and Exposure (EEE)
EEE’s Future Endeavors Program prepares students for their educational and professional transition from childhood to adulthood. Students will receive one-on-one, as well as group guidance on planning for college and careers. The program works as an aid and a supplement for children and parents. Events range from service projects, to college fairs, to assistance with applying for schools and financial assistance, to actual college tours. EEE continues to provide mentoring for students after the program has ended and the students have entered college.
Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center provides children of all ages – from infancy through the teenage years – with asset development, learning support, life skills, leadership skills, sportsmanship, coaching and out-of-school care. And we do it in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that allows parents to go to work, confident that their children are being looked after.
Gary Comer Youth Center
The Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) was established in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood in May 2006. The Youth Center’s mission is to provide the support for all of its students to graduate from high school, prepared to pursue college and careers. Located just one block from Revere Elementary, the Youth Center offers positive extracurricular education in a welcoming and safe environment. Programs within the 80,000 square-foot facility include college readiness, athletics, academic tutoring, performing and visual arts, health and wellness, culinary arts, technology, media and horticulture.
Girls4Science Program (G4S)
Girls4Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago ages 10-18 years old to science, technology, engineering and math. We focus on developing skills, self-esteem, awareness and relationships to help girls overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving greater success in these fields. G4S draws upon external partners to provide comprehensive hands-on, personal experiences during our summer and fall six-week sessions.
Gonzo Soccer is a soccer and leadership academy that targets girls ages 8-16 from underserved communities, affording them soccer and life skills training with the area’s top female coaches that improves health and fitness, boosts academic standing and fosters personal development. Our year-round program helps at-risk girls endure the perils of urban living, thereby growing into strong, healthy women who attend college and become productive citizens and leaders.
HighSight awards partial, four-year scholarships for eighth-graders to attend private high schools in Chicago. HighSight also provides academic and social support to prepare its students to enroll in college.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – National
The HSF's mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by awarding scholarships and assisting students and their families in navigating the barriers to college access and completion.
Horizons for Youth
Horizons for Youth is a community committed to helping children successfully graduate high school, continue onto college and ultimately reach their full potential. In partnership with dedicated families, we provide 170 hard-working students with need-based scholarships, a summer program, one-on-one mentoring, monthly enrichment outings, tutoring, and college preparation.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation – National
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. We empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.
Instituto del Progreso Latino Youth Education
Chartered in 1996 and housed at Instituto, the Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy (RLLA) provides a curriculum inspired by the principles of social justice and student-centered learning in order to meet the educational and developmental needs of its students.
Intonation Music Workshop
The Intonation Music Workshop empowers children to become rock stars on every stage in life through innovative music education. Using donated instruments and a unique pop-band curriculum, our in-school, after-school and summer music programs provide kids age 6-17 in Chicago’s underserved communities with access to instruction and performance opportunities in a safe and positive environment. Our students learn to express themselves musically, at the same time developing essential life skills such as cooperation, practice, risk-taking, and setting and meeting goals.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – National
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.
Kappa Leadership Institute
Kappa Leadership Institute – in Chicago referred to as "Kappa League"- is a program operated by and funded by the Edward G. Irvin Foundation. The program is designed for high-performing under-represented and/or disadvantaged young men in grades 9–12 who attend a high school within the Chicagoland area, demonstrate superior academic potential, and desire a high powered "Leadership," "College-readiness" and "Mentoring" program that is challenging and rewarding.
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) – National
LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to developing leaders for our nation by helping exceptional public high school students who come from underserved backgrounds gain admission to the country's leading colleges and universities.
LINK Unlimited *
Through LINK Unlimited, academically motivated youth gain an opportunity to receive a quality private high school education at any one of the more than 40 LINK partner schools. LINK also provides academic enrichment and tutoring and study skills programs. Summer enrichment programs are a required part of LINK Unlimited for rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. These courses help students master core curricula of Math, Science, and English, as well as expand their knowledge through classes such as art, study skills, and speech communications.
Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS)2 – Phillips Academy Andover
The (MS)2 program was founded in 1977 to address the compelling need to cultivate the mathematical and scientific abilities of economically disadvantaged African American, Latino, and Native American high school students from targeted cities and communities across the United States. In a residential setting on the historic Phillips Academy campus, the three-summer program challenges students intellectually and exposes them to peers and educators with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and aspirations.
Our mission is to use squash, academics, cultural enrichment, mentoring and community service to help Chicago Public School students realize their full academic, athletic and personal potential. METROsquash students engage in equal parts squash and academic instruction three days a week after school. In addition, the program provides one-on-one mentoring and weekend activities including squash competitions, life skills sessions, community service projects and cultural trips.
Minds Matter Chicago – National
We forge relationships with guidance counselors, who then recommend their top sophomores to attend our program. Each accepted student is paired with two mentors who work together for the next three years. Our program consists of SAT/ACT training, Vocabulary and Writing & Critical Thinking workshops, application, scholarship and financial aid navigation techniques, career panels, college life assimilation tools, and various guest speakers and field trips. Every summer, we send each sophomore and junior mentee to a college summer program, and seniors to a leading four-year college, of his or her choice.
Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) – MIT - National
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three rigorous residential and online academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. By submitting a MITES application, students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one-week residential program, a six-week residential program, and a six-month online enrichment program.
The Miracle Center
The Miracle Center is a non-profit organization that serves children, youth, and families in Chicago, Illinois. We are a Christian-based youth agency whose main purpose is to build strong individuals, families, and communities. Our activities include a Jr. Theatre Ensemble, Youth Theatre Ensemble, Youth Dance Troupe, Summer Arts Camp, After School Programs, Community Outreach Events, and more.
National Hispanic Institute – National
We are both a national and international organization that provides Latino young people with the structures and settings to envision themselves as future community leaders, practice their skills in leading and working with others, and engage in critical discussions to define their calling while preparing themselves for the mission of changing lives. Dedication to personal excellence, a strong belief in family and culture, and service to others are the core values and beliefs that drive the work of the Institute and embrace its vision.
National Space Club Scholars – National
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for up to 30 high school students to work with space scientists and engineers. The purpose of this project is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day-to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants are assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include Earth and space systems science, computer science, and engineering.
The Office of Special Programs College Prep (OSP-CP) – University of Chicago
We engage underserved urban high school students in academic, cultural, and recreational activities. These activities are reinforced with college and career guidance. OSP-CP activities help to equip students with higher-order thinking and lifelong learning skills. Programs include academic enrichment, cultural enrichment, college & career prep, college exam prep, and more.
Pass with Flying Colors
Pass With Flying Colors partners with Chicago high schools that provide a student-centered learning environment, cohesive curriculum, and parent involvement. We provide the tools and after-school programming that wrap-around the school day to complement the instructional learning and provide social and emotional development.
Posse Chicago – National
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – National
We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
Project Exploration’s mission is to make science accessible to the public—especially minority youth and girls—through personalized experiences with science and scientists. We work with nearly 250 middle and high school Chicago Public School students annually in out-of-school time settings. Project Exploration targets students who are open-minded and curious; we particularly focus on young people who may be struggling academically. Project Exploration fosters and supports long-term relationships with our participants. After getting students interested in science, we focus on keeping them interested and building their capacity to continue their interests through high school and beyond. All of our programs are free.
The mission of Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth's Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments) is to increase the number of minority, female, and under-served students pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Project SYNCERE offers several different types of programs to help achieve its mission: In-School, After-School, Saturday, Summer and Workshops. We provide a curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the use of project-based learning.
QuestBridge – National
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
Research Science Institute – MIT – National
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
Schuler Scholar Program (SSP)
The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) prepares students who are bright and motivated, but underserved, to succeed at the most competitive colleges and universities. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, come from under-resourced families and communities, and will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many Scholars are from a population that is under-represented on college campuses.
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) – National
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) – National
The High School STEP-UP provides hands-on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) – National
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
South Chicago Art Center
The mission of the South Chicago Art Center is to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs. The Art Center's activities fall into two primary areas: out-of-school (Street SmARTs) and in-school (School SmARTs). Through these programs, the Art Center cultivates an enduring appreciation of the arts in the youth we serve. Our College SmARTs program aims to help students build their art portfolios, explore college options, research scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and provide aid in paying for college application fees.
Space Explorers – University of Chicago
The Space Explorers Program offers inner-city youth from neighborhoods around the university a multi-year science enrichment opportunity. The program provides over one-hundred (100) contact hours each year including weekly laboratories taught on campus, three-day winter and week-long summer residential science institutes at Yerkes Observatory.
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) – National
This is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program – National
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program works to increase knowledge about the sciences and health professions, and offer guidance about the college admissions process to low-income and/or underrepresented minority students. To meet this goal, SMYSP offers a university-based five-week Summer Residential Program and school-based academic year health disparities curriculum.
Summer Humanities Institute – Stanford – National
Students will spend three weeks on the beautiful Stanford campus, living in residence. They will spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon.
During their third week, students will work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities.
Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) – National
Ages: 16 and over
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse – National
Ages: 15 and over
This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.
TARGET: Science and Engineering Program – Fermilab
Fermilab’s TARGET: Science and Engineering Program is a highly competitive paid summer internship opportunity for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors who have strong interest and demonstrated aptitude for mathematics and the sciences, physics, in particular. The program’s goals are to encourage high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers grounded in physics, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Telluride Association Sophomore Summer – National
Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.
Telluride Association Summer Program – National
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health (TEACH)
This program, Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health (TEACH) Research, aims to prepare and inspire talented Chicago Public Schools high school students to pursue careers in health-related research. Students are recruited from the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program, which is a three-year enrichment program for high achieving and talented Chicago Public Schools students. TEACH provides its student participants with an opportunity to work with a multi-tiered team of researchers including faculty, fellows, residents, medical students, and undergraduate students as they participate in a variety of the activities related to the project, including chart abstraction and patient interviews.
University of Chicago Collegiate Scholar (UCCSP)
The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (UCCSP) was founded in 2003 as a three-year program that aims to prepare talented Chicago Public Schools students in grades 10-12 for admission and success at the nation’s top colleges and universities. UCCSP is shaped around a core curriculum of humanities, social science, math, and science courses during the summer months taught by University of Chicago faculty and PhD candidates, and enrichment activities geared toward college readiness, cultural awareness, and civic engagement during the academic year.
University of Chicago – Tutoring and Enrichment
Each year, thousands of area schoolchildren benefit from tutoring and enrichment programs staffed by University students, staff, and faculty. From one-on-one tutoring to summer classes and projects, these learning opportunities spark students’ interest in subjects as diverse as ancient civilizations and international relations.
University of Chicago Upward Bound
The University of Chicago’s Upward Bound is designed for students who want to prepare for a successful education and career by expanding their educational experiences beyond the school classroom. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language are basic components of all programs. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
University of Illinois at Chicago TRIO Upward Bound
The goal of TRIO is to help increase the retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation college students and to foster an institutional climate supportive of their success. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language are basic components of all programs. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
Urban Health and Diversity Program – University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC School of Public Health's (SPH) Urban Health and Diversity Program (UHDP) implements various program objectives designed to increase the representation of Under Represented Minorities (URM's) within the field of public health. We provide academic enrichment and public health traineeships for K-12, college, graduate students and professionals.
Urban League of Chicago – National
The Chicago Urban League Education Department offers comprehensive programs that give students at the middle through college levels the skills and confidence necessary to compete academically while exposing them to various careers, social and cultural opportunities. The National Urban League Incentives to Excel and Succeed (N.U.L.I.T.E.S.) program is an intense after school program for middle school students that teaches leadership skills, financial literacy and how to successfully transition to high school from both an academic and social standpoint. The Young Investor/Entrepreneurship Project (YIEP) educates high school students in entrepreneurship, capital markets, and business investment. We also run two college readiness programs for high school juniors which provide academic, social and leadership skills and prepare them to participate in an on-site college admissions process.
Urban Solutions (US) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1994. Our mission is to support the development of youth by providing training and empowerment resources designed to strengthen their academic, artistic, leadership and life skills. Through the opportunities provided by our after school programs, youth build upon the experiences of personal success and self-betterment, and establish a solid foundation for personal transformation, new perspectives and long–term systemic change.
Ventures Scholars – National
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers.
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) is a youth organizing collaborative for education justice led by students of color from six community organizations across the city of Chicago. VOYCE builds on these community-based organizations’ histories of organizing both parents and students around school reform issues such as creating a policy change granting in-state tuition for undocumented students, securing the construction of new schools to relieve overcrowding, developing schools as community learning centers, and more.
W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute – National
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society.
Women's Technology Program (WTP) – MIT – National
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.
Young Chicago Authors
Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education. All programs are free, include bus passes and snacks for participants, and can be taken as drop-in classes or on an on-going basis. Workshops are taught by Young Chicago Authors Core Teaching Artists and are appropriate for youth grades 6 – College with varying skill levels—beginner to advanced.
Young Scholars Program
The aim of the Young Scholars Program (YSP) is to strengthen the participants' mathematical powers through a deep experience in mathematical thought and effort. Our intention is to broaden and enrich the students' understanding of mathematics rather than to accelerate them through the standard elementary or high school mathematics curriculum. The Young Scholars Program consists of two programs: the Saturday School-Year program, which consists of twelve sessions throughout the school-year; and the Summer Program, which is a four-week day-camp that requires an application and is significantly more selective. There is no charge for any of our programs.
Young Scientists Training Program (YSTP) – University of Chicago
The Young Scientists Training Program (YSTP) is an eight-week summer program for up to 10 outstanding minority high school students to gain experience in research, medicine, and the biological sciences. Students work in the laboratories of University of Chicago faculty where they learn skills with successful mentors in basic science and clinical research.
Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health – Stanford – National
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day conference at Stanford University. High school students from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation.