Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy is our signature program where high school students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) are offered core curriculum courses taught by college faculty.  Faculty members from DePaul University, Chicago State University, Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois at Chicago instruct courses and conduct workshops on dating violence, self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, health and nutrition, ACT preparation, and other insightful modules in the style of college seminars.

This semester the following courses are offered:

  • Mathematics (pre-calculus, geometry, algebra with trigonometry)
  • English Communication
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Careers
  • Senior Seminar

Students enroll in two courses for the duration of the school year.  One of these courses must be Senior Seminar for high school seniors, which includes a variety of college readiness topics, and college application and financial aid help.


Dean Anthony Jones from Fisk University speaks to Target HOPE Saturday Academy Students Fall 2012.

Dean Anthony Jones from Fisk University speaks to Target HOPE Saturday Academy Students Fall 2012.

Journey to Excellence College Tours

Through our national and regional college tours, we introduce students to a variety of colleges and universities.  Only 5% of all inner-city students participate in college tours, leaving them at a severe disadvantage in decision-making.  College tours are a tremendous opportunity for students to travel and explore the cities where they may attend college.  Students are empowered to ask important questions about campus life, academics and majors, scholarship opportunities, resources, and support systems that will help ease their transition from high school.  Each campus we visit provides a customized campus tour based on our strategic partnerships with a consortium of colleges and universities.  A majority of Target H.O.P.E. students who complete the program select colleges introduced to them by Target H.O.P.E.

Students interested in attending Target H.O.P.E. college tours are also expected to participate in our Saturday Academy program.  Journey to Excellence College Tours typically include visits to several colleges and universities, and these institutions make up the consortium of schools that Target H.O.P.E. has relationships with.

Check our EVENTS page to learn about the next college tour!

Target H.O.P.E. Students visit DePaul University during DePaul Day 2013.

Target H.O.P.E. Students visit DePaul University during DePaul Day 2013.

Collegiate Chapters

Our students have organized Target H.O.P.E. Collegiate Chapters on their campuses in order to offer an extended network of support for each other while in college.  These formal student organizations serve as safe spaces where students are available to assist each other with personal and academic successes, welcome incoming freshmen from the Saturday Academy program in Chicago, and engage in community service projects.   Like other student organizations, each chapter has its own executive board, constitution and bylaws, budget, activities agenda, and meeting schedule.

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Graduate and Professional School Conference

Since 2001, Target H.O.P.E. has offered a Graduate and Professional School Conference for minority college students to learn about advanced degree programs and fellowship opportunities at Washington University in St. Louis.  Each year in June, Washington University in St. Louis hosts the Graduate and Professional School Conference at the university’s lovely Danforth Campus.  Current Target H.O.P.E. college students, as well as others referred to the program, with high academic achievement (3.2 min. gpa) and an interest in graduate study are invited to attend the conference.   Target H.O.P.E. and Washington University sponsor transportation, lodging and meals for between 70 and 100 minority college students each year to attend the weekend-long conference where the university’s top-ranked PhD, social work, medicine, law, business, and other graduate and professional programs are highlighted.

Students have the opportunity to network with the chancellor, deans of academic schools, professors, and current minority graduate and professional school students.  The conference also features a panel of current students in a variety of disciplines that can answer questions, provide contacts and give insight on pursuing advanced degrees. In 2014, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Target H.O.P.E. Graduate and Professional School Conference, and our historic partnership with Washington University in St. Louis!



Check our EVENTS page to learn about the next conference.