In addition to the potential earnings benefits of higher education, a college degree is associated with lower probabilities of spending time in jail, using illegal drugs, and being denied health-care coverage. But although a college degree can be vital to personal success and stability, only 18% of incoming ninth graders in Chicago Public Schools ultimately enroll in four-year universities and only 7% of CPS students will receive diplomas by age 25. Urban Students Empowered helps underperforming students get into and graduate from college with the help of highly dedicated teachers, daily programming, and a wide-ranging support system.
Offered through 15 Chicago public schools, the Urban Students Empowered program assists students throughout a three-year period. Beginning in their junior year of high school, accepted students (known as "Fellows") receive instruction and guidance from dedicated teachers who work to help them improve their academic performance as well as boost their ACT scores and knowledge of the college-application process. During the second year, Fellows receive help with their applications and the financial-aid process while focusing on social-identity development, college-course selection, and writing skills. The teacher-driven support continues through each Fellow's freshman year of college, when they learn how to navigate their schools and develop their own systems for success. To date, 99% of Fellows have been accepted to a four-year college by the end of their senior year. The comprehensive program costs $1,667 per year per student, and Urban Students Empowered expects to accept 1,100 students in the 2011–2012 academic year.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help Urban Students Empowered usher students toward a better life through college education. If G-Team members raise $1,667, Urban Students Empowered can provide support to one student for one year. For every additional $1,667 raised, Urban Students Empowered can sponsor another student for one year.
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