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. They also receive access to a broader set of educational opportunities and college preparatory resources.

High School Administrators like our approach because it reiterates some of the points they already share with students. During each Half-Day College Readiness Event we provide students with information on the college decision making process. In particular, we cover the college selection, admissions and financial aid process. Students also hear directly from a panel of college representatives (Admissions & Financial Aid). We network with colleges from right here in Chicago to across the country. It is a win/win for the college and the communities we serve. Students from the following high schools have participated in our College Readiness Events:

  • Alonzo Stagg
  • Andrew
  • Austin
  • Bremen
  • Bloom
  • Bloom Trail
  • Bogan
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Chatham Academy
  • Crete Monee
  • De La Salle
  • Eisenhower
  • Excel Academy
  • Gary Comer
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Hillcrest
  • Hinsdale Central

  • Hinsdale South
  • 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
  • Riverside Brookfield
  • Shepard
  • Simeon
  • South Shore
  • Thornridge
  • Thornton
  • Thornton Fractional North
  • Thornton Fractional South
  • Thornwood
  • Tinley Park
  • Von Steuben
  • Westinghouse College Prep
  • Whitney Young

VIRTUAL SERIES - Foundations for Success Series is a virtual series for high school and college students. The topics covered include: Self-Esteem, Work Ethic, Leadership, Student Success Skills, Financial Literacy and College Readiness. Please register here.

Annual College Readiness Summit

July 31, 2021