Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. We do this by building a web of dynamic relationships that brings together schools, families and communities partner to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low-income youth and the resources they need to thrive.
Additional Community Partners
Provides students with the resources they need to plan a successful path to graduation and post-high school success. OPCC coordinates academic programming such as Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as school-based staff with a focus on college and career preparation, such as secondary counselors, college and career coaches and specialists. Together, OPCC’s resources work to strengthen college preparation curricula and guidance supports in all Chicago high schools. In addition, we partner with local and national colleges and universities to create an array of college experiences and resources for students. We also collaborate with industry partners to provide work-based learning and prepare students for career exploration experiences.
CSI / 21st CCLC provides funding for after school enrichment programs for students and adult programming for parents. A list of enrichment programs offered to parents and families can be found by visiting GO Blue! Funds for these activities were provided by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant awarded to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Community Schools Initiative (CSI)
The Network for College Success (NCS) envisions Chicago neighborhood high schools that continuously cultivate collaboration, powerful learning, and a culture of high achievement to prepare all students for college and career success.
Lives transformed. Communities changed for the better. A brighter future for all. These goals are at the very heart of the work we do every day at Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. Guided by our founder’s legacy, Ada S. McKinley is driven by our mission to serve the most vulnerable individuals and communities in the Chicago area. We believe that all individuals, regardless of disabilities or other limiting conditions, deserve the opportunity to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. Since our founding in 1919, we have worked to bring real, lasting, and positive change to the lives of thousands of individuals through vital social services. Each year, Ada S. McKinley touches the lives of more than 12,000 people, helping them build pathways to success and live their lives with dignity and respect.
In 2001, the Becoming a Man (BAM) program was launched to help young men navigate difficult circumstances that threaten their future. Program founder Anthony Ramirez-DiVittorio created a safe space for young men at Clemente High School to openly express themselves, receive support and develop the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed. Fourteen years later, the BAM program touches the lives of more than 2,500 young men of color in 48 schools in 33 Chicago communities.
Since its inception, One Hope United’s purpose has been to care for children and to ensure they grow up in safe, loving environments. Today OHU’s team of over 800 talented professionals serves thousands of children and families each year in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Florida.
Mikva Challenge develops the next generation of civic leaders, activists and policy-makers. We do this by providing young people with opportunities to actively participate in the political process, because we believe that the best way to learn leadership and to learn democracy is to experience both.
SGA Youth & Family Services supports the emotional and social development of Chicago area adolescents and young adults by providing therapy, prevention, case management and other supportive services for individuals and families.
The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council is a community organization whose mission is to enhance the general welfare of all residents, organizations, and businesses in our service area. We accomplish this by integrating social service and economic development programs.
New Hope Community Service Center is committed to the Safe Passage Program to reduce students becoming involved in violent incidents, becoming victims of violence, and to create a safe, secure, and supportive school environment to increase student attendance and improve academic performance.