At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Urban Education Program Opportunity

Studies show that only 1 in 40 African-American boys in Chicago Public Schools will complete college. At Urban Prep, the nation's first network of all-male charter public high schools, We Believe all of our graduates will.

In 2010, 100% of students in Urban Prep’s first graduating class were admitted to 4-year colleges and universities. Do you have the skills, passion, and energy to help us continue to make this vision a reality? Consider applying to join the Urban Prep Fellows Program, our distinctive full-time, one-year service opportunity for recent college graduates.

Urban Prep Fellows augment and support regular classroom learning by building bonds with students through academic and personal advising, managing after-school activities, communicating with families, and leading a seminar course. Our experience has shown that these relationships are critical in providing students with the support, academic enrichment and social-emotional development necessary for college readiness. Fellows are supported through the year by our veteran teaching staff and ongoing Professional Development series giving Fellows the opportunity to learn firsthand about the people, ideas, and policies shaping change in urban America. During their service year, Fellows are provided with housing, transportation, health and dental insurance, and a monthly living stipend.

Urban Prep Academies operates 3 all-boys public high schools in Chicago. In 2010, Urban Prep announced that 100% of the seniors in its first graduating class had been admitted to a four-year college. The accomplishment was greeted with praise by numerous luminaries and national news outlets, including President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, The Chicago Tribune, ABC World News, People Magazine, and the Associated Press.

Check out the Urban Prep Fellows website for more information and to apply.

If you have questions, contact the program manager, Jake Wertz, at or 312-276-0259 x1109.

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