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Our Results

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Civic Leadership Academy Evaluation

A three-year evaluation of the Civic Leadership Academy demonstrated how the interdisciplinary program benefits individuals, organizations, and Chicago’s civic network.

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UChicago Medicine Community Benefit Report

According to its recently published annual Community Benefit Report, the University of Chicago Medicine provided more than $477 million in benefits and services to the South Side community in Fiscal Year 2018.

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SHELDON SMITH, FOUNDER OF DOVETAIL PROJECT

“The (Community Programs) Accelerator did the vetting and strengthening that we needed in order to present ourselves to foundations and funders, who want to feel comfortable and know that you’re solid before they invest in you.”

JASMEEN WELLERE, OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS, CLASS OF 2012

"The Office of Special Programs opened a door for me. Because I am a first-generation college student, there is no one in my family that knows the process. If it wasn’t for OSP, I feel like I wouldn’t have had a plan."

MAUREEN JONES, COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM PARENT

"Because of the Collegiate Scholars Program, my daughter was admitted to over 20 colleges. From her freshman year through her senior year in high school, the CSP staff helped her realize what it takes to succeed."

KEMATI PORTER, PRODUCER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR ETA CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION

"Being a part of the (Community Programs) Accelerator taught us the value of reaching out and finding people who can answer questions, open doors, and provide a resource."

Profiles
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Dawn Ramos
Network for College Success

“NCS helps schools network to learn from each other and better understand how other schools are approaching the work,” Ramos explains. “That has been a key lever to our success.” Coaching is also crucial to the experience, she says, with coaches helping principals use their own expertise to apply research to real-world situations. “They help schools realize we have our own answers — they won’t tell us what to do, but they will come in and support us.”

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MAPSCorps

The Chicago nonprofit MAPSCorps has community impact times two: It trains youth to use the tools of science and technology to gather high-quality data about neighborhood assets — and then makes that data publicly available so it can help improve life for everyone.

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Stephanie Wallen
Milgrom Education Impact Fellowship

As a Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) teacher’s aide at Murray Language Academy in Hyde Park, Stephanie Wallen, AB’21, has grown to love teaching in an urban public school. And thanks to an NSP fellowship, she’s also had the chance to envision herself in other roles that drive educational change.

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Leah Castleberry
HBCU and HSI Bridge Scholarship Program

Leah Castleberry grew up on Chicago’s South Side, and in 2017, she earned a merit-based, full-tuition HBCU and HSI Bridge Scholarship through the University of Chicago Professional Education. The scholarship not only helped her discover her passion for investigating the ways that technology and social policy intersect, it inspired her to enroll in a master’s program at the Harris School of Public Policy, and gave her enough credits to complete her degree ahead of schedule.

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Isaaq Khader
Collegiate Scholars Program

A three-year program that prepares talented Chicago Public Schools students to apply for and succeed at selective colleges and universities, Collegiate Scholars Program built Khader’s confidence about navigating life on campus.

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Cameron Cole
College Bridge

Cameron Cole started classes at the University of Southern California a lot less nervous than many of his fellow first-years. He chalks up his confidence to the fact that he’d already spent two qua...