Archive for 2015

High Jump Pupil to Marshall Scholar

December 31, 2015
By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

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Chicago native Alejandro Ruizesparza has much to celebrate in the New Year as he is one of 40 individuals chosen as a Marshall Scholar, a prestigious national scholarship that fully funds graduate degree studies in the United Kingdom. Ruizesparza, first-generation Mexican-American, attributes much of his academic success to his parental support and High Jump, a non-profit that offers free educational support for low-income elementary students. Ruizesparza, a student at Stanford University, where he founded the school’s Undergraduate Psychology Association and is focusing on how cultural identifications influences interactions with others of different backgrounds, talks with Lawndale Bilingual Newspaper about his experience at High Jump and how important it is to go after your goal.

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Joven hispano obtiene prestigiosa beca para estudiar maestría en Escocia

Azteca Video

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High Jump Connects Students With Top High Schools

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Michael Queroz


High Jump Connects Students With Top High Schools
High School Fair Helps Students Prepare for High School Application Process


High Jump, a Chicago nonprofit that provides free educational enrichment for motivated 7th and 8th grade students of limited financial means, is hosting its annual High School Fair to connect its students with top high schools from the city and around the country. Event activities include a meet and greet based school exhibition, insightful panel discussions, workshops and on-site mock interviews. The event is hosted at the start of the high school application season, helping students navigate the often daunting and confusing application process and sharing information about scholarship programs.

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Citizen Schools, Spark and High Jump Represent Chicago In New National Initiative to Expand Middle School Education


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Emily Zaideman


Citizen Schools, Spark and High Jump Represent Chicago
In New National Initiative to Expand Middle School Education

National consortium pledges more than $600 million to boost middle school education

CHICAGO – November 10, 2015 – Citizen Schools, Spark and High Jump, three education organizations based in Chicago or with Chicago chapters, are part of a 20-member national coalition that in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance will collectively invest more than $620 million over the next five years to create the new Expanded Learning Middle School Initiative. The Expanded Learning Middle School Initiative will enhance learning for more than 1.3 million 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Steven M. Rothstein, CEO of Citizen Schools, is at the White House today to announce the funding for the new initiative during the Next Gen High School Summit, a national conversation on transforming high schools to better serve 21st century high school students. Citizen Schools, Spark and High Jump each work in dynamic ways with middle school students to provide additional learning opportunities to prepare students for success in high school and beyond.

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Academic enrichment program opens third location in Hyde Park- Hyde Park Herald

Academic enrichment program opens third location in Hyde Park

By Allison Matyus

October 6, 2015

Through an academic enrichment program, students from across the South Side are getting excited about learning and challenging themselves in their education.

High Jump is an academic enrichment program, and its third location is in Hyde Park at the University of Chicago Lab School, 1362 E. 59th St., Lab Campus Director and former High Jump student, Paty Perea, said that there are currently 112 students enrolled; that accounts for 63 7th graders and 49 8th graders.

The program started in 1989 in Chicago, and Perea was accepted as a student in 1999. She went on to volunteer with the program through high school, and came back as a staff member after graduating from the University of Illinois.

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Building bridges to success for Chicago youth- The Chicago Reporter

Building bridges to success for Chicago youth

By Dominic Surya, The Chicago Reporter

August 3, 2015

Philip Nevels stands on Chicago’s Jackson Boulevard Bridge downtown. The structure symbolizes the work he does with High Jump, an academic enrichment program designed to help build bridges of opportunity for local youth.

Philip Nevels grew up near the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Thanks to his single mother and a unique academic enrichment program called High Jump, he attended a military boarding school, graduated from Princeton University, started a business, met his wife and started a family back here in Chicago.

And just this summer, Nevels assumed the role of vice chairman of High Jump’s Board of Trustees, giving back to the program that has given so much to him. He mentors new High Jump students—High Jumpers, as they are called—and helps his fellow alumni support each other professionally and personally.

“My life is basically my wife and three daughters, my professional career, and High Jump. And that’s pretty much all I do,” Nevels says. “I encounter a lot of people who have achieved phenomenal success. And a lot of them forget how hard it was to get there, forget how many people it took to get them there. I haven’t forgotten. And inasmuch as I can make progress easier for someone else who’s 13 or 14 years old, I would like to.”

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