We are committed to raising awareness and access to quality

post-secondary options for Chicago area high school students. 

At Impact, we are committed to raising awareness and access to quality post-secondary options for local high school students. We are located right in the middle of one of the largest school districts in the country: Chicago. As the third largest school district in the United States, Chicago serves 400,000 students. We have partnered with local youth development organizations and school districts to ensure students are prepared for and connected with college.


Impact began in 2009 providing post-secondary information to local high school students. Today, through our 5K District Initiative  and local events we are becoming the premiere choice in college readiness for Chicago-area students. The high school student receives: the opportunity to connect with multiple colleges in our network, access to a broader set of educational opportunities, access to college preparatory resources, information on the college decision making process and information on the college admissions/financial aid process.

Teachers and counselors like our approach because it reiterates some of the points they have already shared with students. During each Half-Day College Readiness Event  we provide students the opportunity to connect directly with colleges in our network. We network with colleges from right here in Chicago to across the country. Each college is fully accredited, offer at minimum an associates degree and provide on campus housing. It is a win/win for the high school student and the college.

Students from the following high schools have participated in our College Readiness Events:

  • Alonzo Stagg
  • Andrew
  • Bremen
  • Bloom
  • Bloom Trail
  • Bogan
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Chatham Academy
  • Crete Monee
  • De La Salle
  • Eisenhower
  • Excel Academy
  • Gary Comer
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Hillcrest
  • Home School
  • Homewood Flossmoor
  • Illiana Christian
  • Joliet West
  • Julian
  • Kenwood
  • King College Prep
  • Lindblom
  • Marian Catholic
  • Marist
  • Marquette
  • Morgan Park
  • Mother McAuley
  • Oak Forest
  • Phillips
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Richards
  • Rich Central
  • Rich East
  • Rich South
  • Seton
  • Shepard
  • Simeon
  • South Shore
  • Thornton Fractional North
  • Thornton Fractional South
  • Thornwood
  • Von Steuben
  • Westinghouse College Prep