End of the Year Banquet 2014 celebrates another successful year.

April 24, 2014 author: No comments

 

The IIT Boeing Scholars Academy Family.

The IIT Boeing Scholars Academy Family.

On Saturday, April 5th, 2014, the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy celebrated three years of inspiring high achieving high school students becoming educated and involved in STEM. The guest list not only included the 2013-14 cohort of 99 Scholars, but also their families and friends, as well as university and external guests totalling 240 people.

The End of the Year Banquet celebrated the Scholars’ successes throughout the year and featured the culmination of the Leadership Grand Projects (LGP) via eleven presentations and remarks from the Boeing Company’s Grant Crampton (Functional Integration Manager, Engineering, Operations, and Technology) and IIT’s Gerald Doyle (Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives).

 

Megan Mozina (Program Director, IIT Boeing Scholars Academy) opened the event congratulating our Scholars, their parents, and all the people and partners that make the program possible.

Megan Mozina (Program Director, IIT Boeing Scholars Academy) opened the event.

 

Program Coordinators Katherine Rhee and Ross Ludwig announce the Extraordinary Engagement Award.

Program Coordinators Katherine Rhee and Ross Ludwig announce the Extraordinary Engagement Award.

Megan Mozina (Program Director, IIT Boeing Scholars Academy) opened the event congratulating our Scholars, their parents, and all the people and partners that make the program possible. Ross Ludwig (Program Coordinator, IIT Boeing Scholars Academy) and Katherine Rhee (Program Coordinator, IIT Boeing Scholars Academy) followed by giving an overview of the past year.

The Extraordinary Engagement Award, a new award to highlight two Scholars who went above and beyond in participation throughout the academic year and who understand the spirit of taking advantage of opportunities available was givento Samantha Tobias (senior, De La Salle Lourdes) and Hasani Valdez (junior, Lake View High School). Both were awarded Museum Campus passes (tickets to the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium) as we knew that they would take full advantage of and thoroughly enjoy this kind of award!

 

Scholars Tredarin Crumbley, Kaylynn Cusic, Odalys Roldan, and Jaylon Tucker thanked Grant Crampton (Functional Integration Manager, Engineering Operations) of The Boeing Company on behalf of the Academy.

Scholars Tredarin Crumbley, Kaylynn Cusic, Odalys Roldan, and Jaylon Tucker thanked Grant Crampton (Functional Integration Manager, Engineering Operations) of The Boeing Company on behalf of the Academy.

 

Former Program Coordinator Marya Spont-Lemus and her husband were present at the event.

Former Program Coordinator Marya Spont-Lemus and her husband, Andres Lemus-Spont, were present at the event.

Scholars Tredarin Crumbley (senior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy), Kaylynn Cusic (junior, Young Women’s Leadership Charter), Tyler Portis (junior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep), Odalys Roldan (senior, Eric Solorio Academy High School), and Jaylon Tucker (senior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy) thanked The Boeing Company on behalf of the Academy. Grant Crampton accepted the Scholars’ gift on behalf of the Boeing Company and expressed gratitude and excitement at the long history and success of the company’s partnership with IIT and the curiosity and enthusiasm the Scholars have for STEM and education.

Scholars presented eleven Leadership Grant Projects (LGP) that have impacted many individuals and communities across Chicagoland. From water collection to healthy eating, and from bicycle safety to LGBTQ awareness, no issue was left unaddressed by the LGP teams who worked with seventeen project mentors and Professor Bob Anderson (Director of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property; Adjunct Professor in Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Stuart School of Business) who assisted Scholars with project management and presentation skills.

 

Videos of each LGP are available to view by clicking their titles. Additionally, video of the entire event can be viewed here.

 

We Want a Voice to Express

We Want a Voice to Express

Team ACTIVE

Team ACTIVE

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

Enviroprint

Energike

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Enviroprint

  • Team ACTIVE – Engaging students in exercise and activities to learn about healthy lifestyles. | Scholars: Amber Fang, Chequita Grant, Carlos Luna, Karina Mojica, Romin Pakshir, Imani Wilson. | Mentors: Catherine Langman, Bhoopesh Mishra.
  • Breaking Barriers – Informing peers about resources available to help succeed in high school. | Scholars: Alexander Arroyo, Husam Haj, Saiamulya Kandikonda, Justyna Kubek, Terrell Muhammad, Angelina Perez, Marcos-Daniel Zapata. | Mentors: Shari Meggs, Adam Schulman.
  • Closing the Gap – Building relationships between students with and without disabilities. | Scholars: Nathaniel Brown, Jessica Calderon, Kaylynn Cusic, Sara Maderer, Kiera McKenna, Thandaway Norwood. | Mentor: Andres Lemus-Spont.
  • Energike – Encouraging teens to bike to improve the environment and their health. | Scholars: Xochitl Esparza, Yadid Gutierrez, Angelica Miranda. | Mentors: Mary Pat Barbarie, Mike Liska.
  • Enviroprint – Inspiring youth to make positive imprints on their environment through childhood and beyond. | Scholars: Florecio Duran, Jorge Gonzalez, Amy Jin, Fiona Kalensky, Ruben Martin, Letoria Overton, Samantha Tobias, Sarina Shane, Amanda Zhang. | Mentor: Brett McQuillan.
  • Project IF (Innovating Food) – Overcoming barriers to healthy eating in food desserts. | Scholars: Rukayat Bello, Anna Blinderman, Xavier Guzman, William Huckabee, Maranda Jenkins, Stacy Lam, Luis Medina, Ekaterina Tsotsos. | Mentor: Tracey McGee.
  • Project LEARN – Encouraging youth to learn about STEM at an early age. | Scholars: Guosen Chen, Cydney Kimmons, Amal Mir, Tiffany Montgomery, Intisar Muhammad, Jaylon Tucker, Hasani Valdez, Robin Younker, Rafael Zavala. | Mentors: Ezra Teitelbaum, Laurie Towne.
  • ULTA (Use Leads to Abuse) – Informing Youth about the negative impacts of drugs. | Scholars: Nathaniel Bahadursingh, Pedro Gonzalez, Michael Hernandez, Tyler Holloway, Belinda Kwansah, Diego Martinez, Alexander Pei, Hernan Razo, Alexander Rivas. | Mentor: Sumit Roy.
  • We Want a Voice to Express – Connecting LGBTQ teens to the community resources and support systems. | Scholars: Yenesis Rivera, Michael Torres. | Mentor: Stuart Patterson.
  • YETA (Youth Expression Through Art) – Providing youth an outlet for artistic expression. | Scholars: Angel Bahena, Shadiyah Cammack, Shiza Jeewa, Kristen Latham. | Mentor: Sayiddah McCree.
  • YODO(e): You Only Drink Once, eventually – Enabling and inspiring water conservation among youth. | Scholars: Tatiana Cuevas, Daniel Huerta, Arely Maya, Joaquin Serna. | Mentor: Rebecca Waterloo.

 

Gerald Doyle (Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives) concluded the event.

Gerald Doyle (Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives) concluded the event.

 

The Academy and its Scholars prepared special gifts for the Project Mentors.

The Academy and its Scholars prepared special gifts for the Project Mentors.

Gerald Doyle concluded the event with reflections on the past year and encouraged Scholars to continue moving forward with ambition and persistence. He also thanked The Boeing Company again and recognized the amazing collaboration between it and the university at creating a program as enriching as the Academy and the benefit it brings not only to its Scholars but to those influenced by their academic and personal development.

Before concluding, program staff gathered all scholars for a final group photo courtesy of the evening’s photographer Alejandro Rojas (4th-Year Undergraduate, IIT College of Architecture). The group photo has been a tradition throughout the Academy’s existence always capturing all of the Boeing Scholars family at their best.

 

Scholars, mentors, family, and friends were all part of the event.

Scholars, mentors, family, and friends were all part of the event.

 

Student music band Toast & Jam entertained throughout the event.

Student music band Toast & Jam entertained throughout the event.

At the heart of our program is a deep commitment to community-building across our diverse student body. Core to our identity as a program is the idea of a learning community, in which no one learns alone. To help students carry this community and mentality forward with them — wherever their path may lead — we put a picture of all Scholars on the certificate recognizing their official completion of the program, which they each received before leaving the banquet. Scholars, when you’re in college or even a decade from now, we hope you look back and remember those many fellow Scholars who have informed your learning and inspired you over the course of the past two years! It has been such an incredible journey.

We congratulate all our Scholars on their success this past year and wish them only the best as they continue on their journey – whether you are returning or graduating and off to college and beyond. You continue to impress and inspire us everyday. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of you and cannot wait to witness all that you do in the future!

 

Scholars received certificates of completion.

Scholars received certificates of completion.

 

Scholars posed for one last family picture.

Scholars posed for one last family picture.

 

Photos by Alejandro Rojas (4th-Year Undergraduate, IIT College of Architecture). Photos of the banquet can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Videos by John Fecile and Bryan Racine. Videos of the banquet can be viewed on our YouTube page.

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So You Think You Want To Be a Lawyer? Raises Questions. Inspires Students

April 22, 2014 author: No comments
Tyler Portis

IIT Boeing Scholar Tyler Portis

Hosted by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the So You Think You Want to be a Lawyer? series was an amazing experience on a personal level. I didn’t even know IIT had a law school until this series.

In the first session, there was a panel of current law students; they talked to the participants about their life as a law student. During the second session, a law professor actually spoke to us about the burdens of proof and our rights as citizens of the United States.

Also on that same day, we did a mock trial on an actual case that went to trial. Our groups had to build our own case, write out our own segment, and present it just like a lawyer. I have to say that I’m pretty sure my group, the prosecution, won the case.

In the final session, a panel of established, minority lawyers presented themselves and answered any questions that we had; again, another excellent day was offered to us. I forgot to mention that the participants received a delicious, free lunch every session.

For someone not even interested in becoming a lawyer, it was a rewarding experience. If there is a part two in the future, I recommend the So You Think You Want to be a Lawyer? series to anyone that has even a small thought in pursuing a career field in law.

Tyler Portis

IIT Boeing Scholar

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LGP Y.O.D.O.e raises water conservation awareness among middle schoolers.

April 17, 2014 author: No comments
Y.O.D.O.e. created a water cistern to educate students on water collection and re-use.

Y.O.D.O.e. created a water cistern to educate students on water collection and re-use.

On February 23rd, my team — Y.O.D.O.e (You Only Drink Once eventually) — visited a group of middle school students attending Pulaski International School of Chicago.

Our LGP focused on the education and conservation of water. On that day, we brought a rain-water barrel and art supplies to have students decorate it. We explained what the barrel worked for and how the caught rain-water could be used to water their vegetable garden.

It was fun to see students express themselves through painting. They had a great time and so did the Y.O.D.O.e team. It was extraordinary seeing students give a simple barrel its own identity.

This day meant everything to Y.O.D.O.e; we had waited so long for it to come and we were happy it was a success:

“We hope that we rose the consciousness of the importance of water to the children we worked with, and that they realize doing environmentally friendly actions does not need to be boring.”

–Arely

Students decorated the water cistern.

Students decorated the water cistern.

“Upon entering Pulaski, I was greeted by smiling children. I began thinking about how these children will aid in the future of our world. Our implementation of the rain-barrel will forever aid their vegetable garden for future generations. The pure ecstatic expressions upon each child as they contributed to the future was well worth the stained pants, painted shirts, and color shoes that resulted from the implementation. Personally, knowing that rainwater will be conserved for years to come brings an eternal smile to my face.”

–Daniel

“When meeting the students at Pulaski, I felt like a little kid again. Every student had a lot of energy, and I found it enjoyable to work with them.  Everyone was excited to paint the water barrel, and everyone was eager to work with us. I feel great knowing that they will be using our water barrel to keep their vegetables alive in their veggie garden.”

–Jack

Y.O.D.O.e. developed the project throughout the academic year.

Y.O.D.O.e. developed the project throughout the academic year.

“It was awesome experience going to Pulaski. I loved working with the children at the school as well as playing with them a little afterward. It was amazing how happy all the children looked as well as how happy our team looked too. I know we all felt very accomplished after the project, and I’m extremely excited to be able to implement more barrels into other schools to be able to see the joy that this project creates.”

–Tatiana

 

Arely Maya, Daniel Huerta, Jack Serna, Tatiana Cuevas

IIT Boeing Scholars
 

Becca Waterloo

Project Mentor
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Students Ramp Up Crown Hall. Prototype accessibility options.

April 9, 2014 author: No comments
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Scholars worked with faculty and upperclassmen to develop a final proposal for the challenge.

On Sunday, March 30th, four IIT Boeing Scholars and one University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter student participated in Ramping Up Crown — a design charrette created by IIT architecture students from iitAIAS Freedom by Design.

Students were challenged to create a ramp for historic S.R. Crown Hall; monument to modernism created by world-renowned architect and former IIT College of Architecture dean Mies van der Rohe — a task easier said than done not only due to the historical characteristics of the building, but also due to the design challenges themselves.

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Scholars and upperclassmen brainstormed together.

Students learned about accessibility and universal design as fundamental components of the architectural process, and were led by undergraduate upperclassmen and fourth-year undergraduate professor Peter Landon (principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects) all of who mentored and instructed the students throughout the event.

After being treated to a light breakfast, roundtable, and lecture, the scholars jumped into the design process with the entire team sketching out first thoughts to discuss among all. In this way, students experienced the collaborative nature of design and how combining ideas always lead to richer insights and better results.

Lunch was followed by a measuring and scouting exercise in which students collected relevant information about their site and context to inform the design of their ramp. They followed up with a final discussion of their best ideas and proceeded to test them out in model form.

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Prof. Peter Landon instructed and mentored our scholars.

The final model was a collaboration between the entire team and the volunteers involved. The students developed an enhanced switchback ramp solution that was economical in its use of space and lead users directly to the building’s main entrance. The interior solution was to incorporate a concealed movable platform that would blend with the iconic terrazzo tiles and act as a movable space that would benefit of all the users of the building.

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Scholars pin up for a quick review.

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IIT student, Safouh Takrouri, shares his experience as a Job Shadow Day volunteer!

March 25, 2014 author: No comments
Boeing scholars tour Parsons Brinckerhoff, engineering design firm

Boeing scholars tour Parsons Brinckerhoff, engineering design firm.

 

This program[The IIT Boeing Scholars Academy] had always caught my attention since my arrival to Illinois Institute of Technology. I still remember on my first day to IIT, I was offered a tour to explore the different parts of the school’s labs, and here is where I was first introduced to the program. I took a quick tour among the students while they were working on their projects in the Idea Shop at IIT.

The 100 students were divided into small sections, and each team focused on a specific project. I liked how the program gives the students the chance to work in small groups so that can practice and learn the “art of teamwork;” in doing so, they can figure out that communication is the key, appreciate the value of each members varied contributions and talents.  In completing directed tasks toward a goal, each team member understands how essential it is, and they also, somewhat surprisingly, learn that projects are a lot more work that expected. Those values will be very helpful in their university studies, and even in their practical life.

Last month I had the chance for the first time to participate in the program in the “job shadow day.” The idea of this day is remarkable!

Boeing scholars job shadow activity at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Boeing scholars job shadow activity at Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Scholars get the chance to visit different companies in the city of Chicago where they can be in contact with the employers and other leading innovators in a professional setting to see how the job is being done, and how plans are being executed along the way.

For the very beginning I thought that this would be more than what a typical high school student might be able to handle, but I was learned how motivated and intelligent these students were and how hungry they were for the opportunities ahead of them. They were very effective, they asked important questions, and they gave attention for the details.

A recent IIT graduate serves as the program adviser for the “job shadow day;” and he organized the activities so that the experience of each student was meaningful and offered within a supportive environment. The material and “life in the day” of each organization was very helpful; even the most senior leaders of the company were more than happy to explain their duties for the young scholars, and to answer their questions in a very friendly environment.

I think days like this provide a significant impact on the trajectory of a student’s professional life. It will make it easier for them to decide their specific major, and many learned that there are many pathways towards success and meaningful career; and this will help the students be creative in their choices, and that will save them a lot of time.

Scholars eating lunch with Parsons Brinckerhoff staff

Scholars eating lunch with Parsons Brinckerhoff staff.

I can see how programs like the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy provide a unique set of opportunities for young Chicago high schools students.  In speaking to these students, I learned that many of these students will be the first in their families to earn a college degree, and they certainly represent the diversity of Chicago.  And I suspect, that learning to appreciate and understand their differences across religion, gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, and citizenship will teach lessons upon which they will draw upon for years.

For me, this program serves as a passport to greater opportunities and a “crossing card” for a safe future.  These young leaders are being trained to be open, collaborative and innovative thinkers, “learners who lead,” and “leaders learning” to be creative, extraordinary, and supportive.

As my peers and I have traveled through our experiences and studies at Illinois Tech, we each develop ideas for the future that we will carry back with us to Syria.  For me, the design-thinking, and problem-based approach to learning throughout the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy as well as its integrated approach to introducing young people to professional careers very early represents one of the initiatives that I will develop along with my peers – and perhaps some of these current Chicago students – for Syria.

 
 
Safouh Takrouri 
IIT Armour College of Engineering | Expected graduation, December 2014
Safouh can be reached at    en_saf7@hawk.iit.edu
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Mousetrap Car Racing on Women’s Day @ IIT

March 20, 2014 author: No comments
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Teams worked with help from instructors and volunteers.

On Saturday, March 1st, twenty-four young ladies from Chicago-area high schools participated in a mousetrap car workshop created by the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy for Women’s Day 2014 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In groups of three, the ladies designed and built a mousetrap car to race with others in search of the car that could travel the longest distance.

Students were given a basic overview of physics concepts, like potential energy, kinetic energy, and friction, that would be applicable during the design phase of the workshop. With these concepts in mind, students were free to use most of the time to design and construct the car.

Students used a kit of parts plus materials like balsa wood, CDs, metal rods, and string to construct their prototype cars. It was wonderful to see how some students used almost all the materials provided while some were more economic.

Although an example design was provided, they were encouraged to think outside the box and beyond the suggested schematic. With this as a jumping off point, students brainstormed and prototyped variations of the existing design and sometimes completely reinvented it. One group even experimented with a tricycle-inspired design.

Teams prepare for the final race.

Teams prepare for the final race.

When students began testing, all bets were on to see whose cars would actually go the distance! Team Tricycle’s successful first run (going 3.5 meters!) inspired other teams that were not quite ready to test to complete their designs for racing. Not every car was able to travel the same distance, but that didn’t matter to the teams who were happy to have done the best job possible building the car and participating in the race.

Closing the event was a challenge in itself as the teams were so involved in refining their designs that they insisted on staying a bit longer (and delaying lunch) to iterate and test one more time.

We were happy to see that all students took their cars home to continue building and testing.

 

Students thought outside the box with a tricycle-inspired design.

Students thought outside the box with a tricycle-inspired design.

Teams were so involved in refining their designs that they insisted on staying a bit longer.
Teams were so involved in refining their designs that they insisted on staying a bit longer.

 

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Coding Workshop facilitator, Michael Davis, shares his background and experience!

February 11, 2014 author: No comments
Arduino and Raspberry Pi Coding Workshop for Teachers

Arduino and Raspberry Pi Coding Workshop for Teachers

 

My relationship with computers started in the mid-80’s with a Vic-20 computer that used our family television as a monitor and a cassette player as memory. We later got a Commodore 128, which I mostly used to emulate the Commodore 64 (a computer with half the memory). Eventually we got some kind of IBM computer, which I used for playing ‘The Bards Tale’ and ‘Where in the World is CarmenSanDiego?’.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

In the next 13 years, I start using the computer for writing and making mix CDs for interesting girls. Today my phone is more of a computer than my first several computers. Strangely enough, I am currently enamored with the Raspberry Pi, a computer that is much more like my first computer than my last.

Raspberry Pi Operating System

Raspberry Pi Operating System

My first computers weren’t as user friendly as they are today. I understood them as machines that I could program to do things. When I was a kid, there were programs written in the Sunday newspaper that you could transcribe to make lines dance across the screen. The revolution I am participating in today is a move towards using computers to make or do things.

Raspberry Pi Teacher Workshop

Raspberry Pi Teacher Workshop

My friends and colleagues at Google, IIT, ScienceFist, Element 14 and After School Matters, and I have worked to give away more than 100 Raspberry Pi computers and Arduino microcontrollers. These are going to teachers and educators who are learning how to use them to make interesting projects, like internet radios, and controllable light displays. No matter how old or experienced you are, there is nothing like seeing something you made work for the first time.

During the Hour of Code in December, I watched a group of 35 teachers and after-school providers get acquainted with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. They learned how to make changes to Minecraft, and control lights on an LED strip. Our goal is to empower people to make their own projects, and encourage them to be fearless in their own creation. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

- Michael Davis
  Interim Vice President of Wilbur Wright College
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Sophomores – Apply Now for the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy

December 11, 2013 author: No comments

The application for outstanding Chicago-area high school sophomores interested in joining the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Boeing Scholars Apply Now SunburstAcademy is now available online!

Current high school sophomores should apply by Thursday, February 6, 2014, to be considered for participation in our FREE, two-year academic enrichment program, which offers:

  • four weeks of intensive, project-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming at IIT each summer
  • workshops, field trips, and career exploration events during the school year
  • guidance and support in developing leadership projects (junior year)
  • college advising and application assistance (senior year)

Please join us in our outreach by sharing this information and our brochure, poster, and application with high school sophomores in your school and community. Interested students are strongly encouraged to:

  • Learn more about who we are and what we do.
  • Register to attend one of our Informational Sessions for Prospective Applicants:
    Thursday, January 9, 2014; 7-9pm
    or
    Saturday, January 11, 2014; 2-4pm
    Location: IIT Tower Auditorium [10 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616]
  • Apply online.

First generation college students, women, and students from populations underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply.

 

*NOTE: If sending application materials via mail, they must be POSTMARKED by Thursday, February 6th, 2014 *

 

For application questions, please contact Katherine Rhee at krhee1@iit.edu or 312.567.3965.

Thank you for your interest in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Kathy Rhee_BiowebKatherine Rhee
Program Coordinator
krhee1@iit.edu
312.567.3965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Any student who knows they will be unable to actively participate in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy’s two-year program is encouraged to visit summer.iit.edu to learn about summer-only programs offered at Illinois Institute of Technology. Students who are not currently sophomores may be interested in applying to programs offered by our partner organizations, the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (Chicago Public Schools freshmen) and Chicago Scholars (juniors at any Chicago high school).

 

 

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Closing the Gap LGP Exciting Progress!

November 8, 2013 author: No comments

Read about  trip Leadership Grant Project Closing the Gap made, in a letter written by scholar, Kaylynn Cusic!

Closing the Gap LGP meeting with Best Buddies representatives (photo credit: Casey McKenna)

Closing the Gap LGP meeting with Best Buddies representatives (photo credit: Casey McKenna)

 

Closing the Gap was able visit Best Buddies’ headquarters Downtown this past Friday, October 18th, and have a round table discussion regarding the organization and CTG. Our goal is very similar to Best Buddies’ goal, and that is to help build relationships between students with and without disabilities in school communities. Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing one on one friendships between people with and without disabilities. The non-profit organization also focuses on providing jobs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies has impacted over 700,000 nationwide, through friendships, employments and after school programs.

We had a meeting with two of the representatives who helped us come up with specific ways to go about our program. They already have tons of experience working with the two groups of students, so they gave us advice in that area. They advised us to allow the students to pair up, so they can have a more intimate relationship. We were also encouraged to start a Best Buddies chapter at our own schools, whether we had a disabilities student population or not.

Currently, Closing the Gap is focusing on specifying what activities they will have the students doing, and possible themes for each month the after school program takes place. They also offered to help our group through a partnership and offered any guidance that we could possibly need. We were able to build a great relationship with the people at Best Buddies, and map out different ways to approach our upcoming after school program.

 

Kaylynn Cusic

IIT Boeing Scholars Academy Scholar

 

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Congratulations, Seniors!!

October 31, 2013 author: No comments

On Monday, October 28th, 17 of our INCREDIBLE seniors enjoyed fantastic success at the Chicago Scholars Onsite Admission Forum – earning more than 30 college acceptances! Five of our Scholars participated through Chicago Scholars directly and earned more than 10 additional acceptances at the Onsite! In total, more than 40 acceptances were awarded to IIT Boeing Scholar seniors in just one day!! We are overflowing with pride for each and every one of you!

Lesley (Eric Solorio) interviews at the Onsite.

Lesley (Eric Solorio) interviews at the Onsite.

Our seniors received acceptances from the following 18 universities:

Case Western Reserve University, Central State University, DePaul University, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, George Washington University, Grinnell College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Loyola University – Chicago, Marquette University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and University of Missouri.

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Letoria (Jones) and Amy (Whitney Young) catch up and exchange laughs before an interview.

Additionally, our seniors applied to and interviewed with 17 other colleges that were not offering decisions at the Onsite, but offered the students a valuable opportunity to meet and advocate for themselves with an admission representative in-person. Colleges in this group included:

Amherst College, Augustana College, Boston College, Boston University, Carleton College, Davidson College, Harvard College, Lehigh University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, and Williams College.

Scholars will hear back from these colleges, and any others to which they have applied outside of the Onsite, between November 2013 and April 2014. Some seniors have already earned admission to non-Onsite colleges, too!

Regardless of receiving acceptances, the Onsite was a celebration of all of the Scholars’ hard work to reach this point. They may not fully realize it now, but they’ve accomplished an incredible amount of work to ensure that they will be attending college next fall! The IIT Boeing Scholars staff and community are all very proud, but each Scholar should also be incredibly proud of his/herself!!!

Admissions representatives from more than 80 colleges interview the more than 500 Onsite participants.

Admissions representatives from more than 80 colleges interview the more than 500 Onsite participants.

 

Though filled with adrenaline, the day was long, with Scholars arriving as early as 7:00am and with many not leaving until 5:30pm. What did they do when they were not interviewing? 

 

Catching up with former Program Director, Marya Spont!!

Catch up with former Program Director, Marya Spont!!

Study and do homework.

Study and do homework: Joshua (Whitney Young) and Cyrenthia (IIT Perspectives) catch up on school work.

Take lunch breaks and eat lots of snacks to stay nourished!

Take lunch breaks and eat lots of snacks to stay nourished! Samantha (De La Salle/Lourdes), Susan (Whitney Young), Amy (Whitney Young), Jacquelin (Erio Solorio), Daniel (Whitney Young), Letoria (Jones), Jaylon (Lindblom) all enjoy lunch together.

 

 

Updates us on interviews! Cyrenthia (IIT Perspectives) updates Katherine on her interviews and acceptances!

Updates us on interviews! Cyrenthia (IIT Perspectives) informs Katherine about her interviews and acceptances!

Amanda (Whitney Young) updates Katherine about her interviews.

Amanda (Whitney Young) updates Katherine about her interviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing Apples to Apples!

Playing Apples to Apples!

Group Hugs!

Group Hugs!

 

I also wanted to take a moment to thank the Scholars and their families for all of the hard work that went into preparing for the Onsite. Thank you all for your patience and persistence through this long process!

We owe a BIG THANK YOU to Jerry Doyle, Megan Mozina, Ross Ludwig, Jose Gibaja, Sheena Enriquez, Marya Spont-Lemus, Connie Ma, and all of our amazing volunteers for all of their support – without them none of this would have been possible! We also owe an enormous thank you to Chicago Scholars, for allowing us to be a partner in their Onsite and for all of the logistical support they provided to allow each Scholar to participate successfully.

I feel so very lucky to work with such a wonderful and inspiring group of students and am excited to continue to work with the Scholars and their families through this college process. Congratulations, again!

 

Kathy Rhee_BiowebKatherine Rhee

Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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