Scholars continue their involvement throughout the academic year by attending multiple academic enrichment events. These include workshops, speakers, career exploration events, social events, and more.

Scholars are invited to attend job shadow events at a variety of companies, such as:

  • The Boeing Company
  • kCura Corporation
  • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Navistar, Inc.
  • Cabrera Capital Markets
  • Forefront Structural Engineers
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Honeywell UOP, LLC
  • CKL Engineers

Also during the academic year, Juniors collaborate in teams to develop and implement Community Innovation Projects (CI Projects) of their own design. Guided by Project Mentors, Scholars are empowered to create opportunities in their communities. Past CI Projects have raised awareness of environmental issues, built systems to filter and then irrigate with rainwater, led fun hands-on STEM projects with youth, created videos to model healthy eating habits for peers, and more!

Seniors apply to college with support from program staff, participating in essay workshops, mock-interviews, a “live” admissions event with partner organization Chicago Scholars, and much more.

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