IMG_1092

Grant Funding Helps Us Meet Goals, Improve Outcomes, and Grow

Foundation and Corporate Grants make up a significant part of High Jump’s revenue stream (1/6). Pursuit and access to institutional funding provide long-term financial sustainability and promote continued growth and development within our organization. Grants can pave the way to meeting organizational goals such as: Increasing reach of the High Jump program to serve more…

"High Jump has motivated me to do anything in my power to be successful in life and give back to my community.”

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica

Jessica is a High Jump alumna who was part of Cohort 22. “As I’ve grown up, I’ve realized how lucky I was to be part of High Jump. It was the beginning of where everything has happened for me. It’s where I learned the tools I still use today, and it’s where I found a…

“High Jump was the first step to all the greatness that has occurred in my life.”

Alumni Spotlight: Derrick

Cohort 22 alumnus Derrick grew up in Hyde Park with a mother who always taught him to value education and to constantly search for ways to move forward. When they learned about High Jump, they knew it was an opportunity for Derrick to receive the academic rigor he wasn’t getting at school. “High Jump was…

WIHJ-9a-03-01-High Jump-20171104-133

Will the Pandemic Reshape Chicago’s High-stress High School Applications?

Mila Koumpilova, Chalkbeat Chicago – Apr 14, 5:14pm CDT Will the pandemic reshape Chicago’s high-stress high school applications? was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletter Maile Solis’ son wants to follow an older sister to Lane Tech College Prep, one of Chicago’s selective-enrollment…

partner-press

High Jump’s Impact Recognized by Two Partner Schools

The Latin School of Chicago’s Winter 2020 issue of Latin Magazine featured High Jump in the article “30 Years and Still Rising: High Jump’s Lasting Impact”. With a focus on select Latin School & High Jump alumni, the piece provides an overview of High Jump’s history and the diverse, surprising experiences that its alumni have…

2020_Ideyah_UPenn-crop

UPenn Freshman and Author, I’deyah

University of Pennsylvania freshman I’deyah was interviewed this past summer on ABC 7’s Chicago Graduation 2020 Special “The After Party.” Watch her full interview here. I’deyah has long used her talents to inspire other kids. At just seven years old, she published her first book to help budding authors find their voices through writing. “I…

20200705_135404-e1607976437896

High Jump Alumna and TA, Caroline

Caroline is a High Jump alumna and a junior at the Latin School, which is where her own Teaching Assistants (TAs) attended when Caroline was enrolled at High Jump. “My TAs went to Latin and I looked up to them a lot,” she says. “I guess I did end up following in their footsteps!” This…

"It’s a relief to know that I have all these people behind me and supporting me."

Meet Daniel, Future Engineer

Daniel is the youngest of five siblings and the only one attending remote CPS classes this year. After learning about High Jump from his school principal and English teacher, Daniel enrolled at the Lab School campus last year, where he developed a passion for science lab. “I love dissecting animals and seeing what makes them…

Fall-Saturday-2020-10-17-Mr-Martinez-LSC-Orange-Advisory-780x430

Adapting Our Fall Programming Amidst COVID-19

By the spring of 2020, we knew that our summer program would have to be quite different than in years past. Thankfully, the changes we made for summer were strategic, research-informed, and ultimately successful. With the threat of COVID-19 greater than ever, we used the same structure for our fall programming. Here’s how we adapted…

yolanda-luna-mroz

High Jump’s New Chief Programs Officer: Yolanda Luna-Mroz

On December 1, 2020, High Jump welcomed Yolanda Luna-Mroz as our new Chief Programs Officer overseeing leadership and development for High Jump’s successful middle-grade enrichment program, alumni program extension, and upcoming pilot program. “I am professionally and personally driven by a commitment to equity and a belief that education can be an engine for social…