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This week marked my 4th year working with Frank Edgeworth’s class as an EPIC Intensives Partner!

EPIC Academy College Prep, a CPS Level 1 public, enrollment charter high school, has served low-income African American and Latino students in the South Chicago community since 2009.

The South Chicago community, one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, has a 20% unemployment rate and a childhood poverty rate that is 86% higher than all other U.S. neighborhoods.

Every semester, EPIC Academy partners with corporations and professionals in Chicago to help students realize how hard work in the classroom translates into career success.

Through the EPIC Intensives program, students are introduced to careers they might not have considered, while being challenged to model the critical thinking, communication and professional skills that are vital to achievement in the workplace.

My favorite part of being an EPIC Intensives Partner is seeing students empowered when they discover that anything is possible with the right exposures, mindset and planning. Further, I believe every student, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to the skills and network necessary to help make their dreams come true.

On August 26th 1998, North Lawndale College Prep opened its doors with the mission to get more students from low-income backgrounds to and through college… 20 years later and the school is still devoted to moving the needle. Great first board meeting of the 2018 academic year! While the job’s not done, we’re always looking for good people to help us in our work. If you’d like to get involved, or know somebody else who might, I’d be happy to introduce you to Suellen Wolk, NLCP’s Director of Development.