2016 Initiatives launches Urban Coach for Success. In 2016, Urban Initiatives launched the final program in our continuum of programming. Coach for Success is a college and career readiness program for high school students that pairs participants with mentors from Chicago’s professional community. Students join Urban Initiatives’ staff as Coaches during summer camp, and they have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by leading and mentoring younger Captains and Players. Coach for Success wouldn't be possible without the incredible dedication of the mentors that support our students throughout their high school journey. These mentors attend monthly meetings with their mentees, provide guidance via text/phone call check ins, and help their mentees make critical choices about their future.
2018 Coach for Success participants This year we had several students who progressed all the way through the continuum of programming graduate from high school. These graduates are attending colleges and trade schools across Illinois. graduate high school. Christian Gordon (bottom right) is a Cubs Scholar and will be attending Depaul University on a full ride scholarship where he will study accounting. We are continually impressed with the accomplishments made by the incredible students in our Coach for Success program.