Following the pioneering and effective Minnesota state program that demonstrated access to emergency funds dramatically improved college persistence, Strides for Peace teamed up with Comer’s UtmostU to provide comprehensive social-emotional and educational supports to ensure that first generation and low-income students graduate. With the College Persistence Fund, UtmostU is working to ensure that small, one-time expenses don’t derail a promising student’s dream of a college degree.
About the Comer Education Campus:
Comer Education Campus has been recognized as one of the most unique youth-serving organizations in the nation. Located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, the Campus is anchored by the state-of-the-art Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, and Gary Comer Middle School.
Programs offered include college readiness, sports and fitness, academic tutoring, performing and visual arts, health and wellness, urban agriculture, culinary arts, media and technology, civic engagement and leadership development, and teen employment.
Working with the Noble Network and many other best-in-class partners, the Campus invests in the life outcomes of over 2,000 youth annually with a dynamic integration of academics, youth enrichment, and college and career preparation. Comer Education Campus empowers youth with the tools and belief they need to successfully reach their full potential.