Target H.O.P.E, a college preparatory academy in part, enhances educational opportunities for minority students attending public high schools in the Chicago metropolitan area. Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment are the concepts through which Target H.O.P.E creates innovative academic retention strategies to combat the high school dropout crisis and increase minority graduation rates in higher education.
All minority children in public school systems are at risk of high school incompletion. Minority students in the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago, particularly, have been unfairly cheated out of educational opportunities and thus barred from social and economic mobility. Disparities in educational spending per pupil, abysmal attrition rates and the persistent racial achievement gap in standardized testing are crippling minority students. Target H.O.P.E. is a community-based initiative that has designed an effective academic achievement model to reduce the poor graduation rates in Chicago area high schools and, in turn, increase college enrollment rates. Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment are reinforced to inspire self-confidence in minority students that are often dismissed and written off. The Target H.O.P.E. model provides empirical evidence that at-risk minority children will excel if the educational paradigm is reformed.
Target H.O.P.E. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or religion with regard to admission into our programs.
We demand excellence of our students and insist that youth strive to develop their own potential. Remediation classes are not included in our programs.
A special thanks…
We would like to offer a special thanks to supporters upon completing our 21st year of serving minority students. Helping send 4,500 students to college would not have been possible without the support from colleges and universities, our donors, and Chicago Public School teachers and counselors. Strategic alliances with colleges and universities have provided our students with merit-based scholarships and prepared them to attend the institutions of their dreams. We also appreciate the family foundations and corporations for investing in scholars, which has allowed us to proactively function on a modest budget. Finally, Target H.O.P.E. would like to thank the Alumni Association for volunteering hundreds of hours to mentoring, teaching and chaperoning college tours. Your support and willingness to give back has contributed to the development of our students. It would be impossible to acknowledge every person and organization that has contributed over the years, but we would like to thank everyone that has helped Target H.O.P.E. in its efforts to push students towards success.