Thank You, Mentors!

High Jump Celebrates Mentoring Month

January is Mentoring Month and we’d like to thank the incredible High Jump alumni who serve as mentors to current High Jump students! High Jump hires juniors and seniors in high school or college students to serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Special Projects Interns (SPIs), and they do much more than just assisting in…

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High Jump Featured in the Fry Foundation’s Annual Report

We are proud to be featured in the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation’s Annual Report as one of their longest-term grantees. For 35 years, the foundation has been supporting organizations in Chicago so that underserved communities have access to the resources they need. The Fry Foundation and High Jump have a long history together; their initial…

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Favorite 2018 High Jump Moments

There were so many great things happening for High Jump this year and we asked High Jump students, alumni and staff what their favorite moments are: “My first favorite moment for 2018 was to see one of High Jump students be recognized as one of the top two students for charter schools in the state…

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Words of Encouragement in 2018

In August we asked the High Jump community to send words of wisdom to encourage our current alumni who are starting out their high school and college careers. Here are some of the great messages we received from High Jump alumni, parents, staff members and supporters: “You may not feel like you belong, you may…

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#ILGive Success!

On Giving Tuesday High Jump raised $41,740 for our #ILGive fundraising campaign! This is the most High Jump has EVER raised in the three years we’ve participated in the challenge. #ILGive is a state-wide day of philanthropy that empowers donors to give to local nonprofits and tackle issues in their community. According to the numbers…

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High Jump receives Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant

High Jump has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, their first grant ever to High Jump! The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students…

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Eighth graders attend High Jump’s annual High School Fair

On October 13, High Jump held its annual High School Fair, one of the program’s biggest student events of the year that connects eighth graders with high school resources and opportunities as they think about the next step in their academic career. Over 150 students and their families had the opportunity to meet with high…