The Problem

We are dedicated to motivating low-income youth and students of color to aspire to higher education. We know from personal experiences that students who do not have family members enrolled in college find it difficult to envision themselves pursuing a higher education. The current high school graduation rates for African American students and Latino students are 67% and 78%. Additionally, fewer than half of Chicago Public Schools graduates will graduate from college in 6 years. We want to combat these statistics by connecting elementary and middle school students to mentors and role models in their community who can inspire them to set high academic goals for themselves.