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Such partnerships have been the foundation of DePaul's outreach
strategy with the goals of increasing visibility and awareness about
DePaul and creating a pipeline to the university for students
underrepresented in higher education.
We have worked with numerous community partners since 1998. Some of our current partners include:
U.S. Department of Education
TRiO Student Support Services
(SSS) provides advising, academic assistance, mentoring and
career-related services to eligible first-generation and low-income
undergraduates at DePaul to increase the college retention and
graduation rates of its participants and help students make the
transition from college to career. Since 1997, DePaul's SSS program has
assisted approximately 2,000 students on the path to timely attainment
of the baccalaureate degree.
SSS at DePaul is a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Program
supported by 83 percent federal funds and 17 percent in university funds.
TRIO programs have their origins in the federal "War on Poverty"
initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s. Their overall goal is to expand
educational opportunity by providing a pathway from sixth grade to
college graduation for students from low-income and first-generation
college families. However, not all colleges and universities offer TRIO
programs, which are awarded through a highly competitive grant process
administered by the U.S. Department of Education
stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Chicago GEAR UP Alliance
is a federally funded program whose goals include:
- increasing students' academic performance and high school graduation rates;
- providing opportunities and guideance for college preparation for
students and their families to build awareness of college choices,
preparation required for entry and success, as well as financial
DePaul partners with the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance in exposing students to post-secondary options as well as widening college access and participation.
Target H.O.P.E. (Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment) is a privately funded college preparation and mentoring
program for high school students of color in Chicago. Healing,
Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment are the concepts through which the
staff implement academic retention strategies, improve opportunities for
college admission and increase minority graduation rates in higher
America Needs You (ANY)
America Needs You
is a national non-profit organization that provides mentorship and intensive
career development to high-achieving, low-income, first-generation
college students with the goal of increasing economic mobility. In
addition, students who participate in ANY may receive up to $2,000 in
grants over their time in the program. CAA collaborates with ANY in the
recruitment and outreach to first-generation DePaul students, and
through hosting on-campus meetings, events, and trainings throughout the
Prep To Succeed
Prep To Succeed
is a nonprofit organization providing free, individualized ACT tutoring
to Chicago high school students. Their goal is to help students
increase their ACT scores,
which will help them get into better colleges
and obtain greater financial aid opportunities.
Prep To Succeed partners with DePaul and we host their mentoring workshops on DePaul's Loop campus.