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“High Jump helped my family break the cycle of poverty. The program showed me that I deserved a good education and it is such a part of who I am.”


Cohort 10

Robert Lewis Stevenson School

Carleton College

Heidi applied to High Jump because she did not feel challenged at her middle school. While her sixth grade class was still learning multiplication, she was already learning high school algebra. High Jump showed her that she deserved a good education and gave her opportunities to excel academically. Her parents would stay up late with her to help her with homework and saved up for bus money so Heidi could attend High Jump classes across town, and it was all worth it. She later earned her Bachelor’s degree at Carleton College and two Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago. Heidi’s experience at High Jump made her she believe in paying it forward, and she is now a High Jump board member. She proudly works at the non-profit EverThrive Illinois where she is the Deputy Director of Strategy and Impact.