‘In the News’ Category

High Jump Pupil to Marshall Scholar

December 31, 2015
By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

Photo courtesy Lawndale News

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

High Jump was featured on Azteca on December 29. Click the image to watch the full segment.

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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‘High Jumpers’ Show Off Chemistry, Theater, Art Skills from Summer Program- DNAinfo

‘High Jumpers’ Show Off Chemistry, Theater, Art Skills from Summer Program

By Ed Komenda | July 30, 2015 

CHINATOWN — Hundreds of seventh- and eighth-graders are coming to the neighborhood to show off what they’ve learned as students with High Jump, a Chicago-based academic enrichment program for kids from financially strapped families.

High Jump, a two-year, tuition-free program for ambitious middle schoolers enrolled at Chicago Public Schools across the city, will hold its annual Academic Expo & Art Show Saturday at Local 339’s union hall, 2260 S. Grove St.

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Make the Leap: Latinos are Benefiting with High Jump Program- Azteca

Azteca Video

High Jump was featured on Azteca on June 12 with a segment by Ambar Gilmore. Click the image to watch the full segment.


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