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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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High Jump Receives $10,000 Grant from Cubs Charities

Thank you, Cubs Charities! High Jump is honored to be a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the organization. Cubs Charities improves the lives of children and families across Chicago with the goal of providing increased access to opportunities for improved health, fitness and education for those who need it most. This grant will help…

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Cohort 29 Graduates from High Jump

This year 160 eighth graders in Cohort 29 graduated from the High Jump program at the annual Moving Up Ceremony! It’s always a proud moment for the High Jump family to see students celebrate their accomplishments with their family and friends. These students have given it their all these past two years and we’re excited…

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High Jump Raises OVER $1 MILLION at Annual Benefit

It was a record-breaking event for High Jump! Our annual Spring of Opportunity benefit on May 3rd was a huge success and we raised OVER $1 MILLION! We’re so grateful to all our supporters and sponsors who made this possible – together we are providing more students in Chicago with the opportunities they need to…

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Interview with BestColleges: How to Support First-Generation Students

Originally posted on BestColleges on May 1, 2019 Can you define what “first-generation student” means to you? What makes them unique, aside from family history? A first-generation student is someone who has overcome the barriers set up by economics, prejudice, and disenfranchisement to complete a level of education that hasn’t been completed by those before…

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High Jump Students Discuss High School Decisions with Chalkbeat

Decision day: What happens when students don’t get their first-choice Chicago high school Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Adeshina Emmanuel on April 11, 2019 Eighth-grader Mia Paulus’ first choice for high school was Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago’s Roseland community. Last month, she said she was confident, but nervous at the same time,…

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The Women of High Jump

March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate we are highlighting three of the many strong women behind High Jump’s mission. We are grateful to ALL the women who are working hard to create a better future for girls. Who is a woman in history you admire? Marva Collins. She started out as a substitute…

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