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Dear Friends,

Horizons for Youth has spent the last 25 years listening and responding to the needs of students from Chicago’s low-resource neighborhoods, and this was especially true for our 25th Anniversary year:

  • We learned that our students’ needs do not stop once they graduate high school and that specific interventions at key points during college can prevent students from dropping out.
  • We learned that our parents, teachers, and tutors crave information regarding how to most effectively teach our students with diverse learning needs.
  • We learned that we are most effective when partnering with families and local communities to meet students’ needs with a comprehensive approach.
  • We learned that our supporters and our students over the last 25 years think that this organization’s impact is so important that it needs to be around for the next 25.

We listened, and we are responding in a big way. I am pleased to announce that Horizons for Youth is taking the next step to secure student success for years to come by kicking off a comprehensive $5 Million 25th Anniversary Campaign.

The goal is within reach.  With the support of several donors, we have already secured over $3 million in pledges, and thanks to a generous pledge from the Boler Family Foundation, all gifts received until December 31st, 2016 will be matched 2:1.

By responding to our students’ needs and supporting this crucial initiative, you will make it possible to offer even more students the opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives by enabling us to:

Launch our College Success Program
We will formally extend our program to support students throughout college, helping students navigate well-documented road-blocks to graduating in four years, such as:

  • Course selection
  • Major mapping
  • Financial aid renewals
  • Budgeting
  • Food security
  • Managing challenges and crises

Launch our Diverse Learners Initiative
We will offer sophisticated support to ensure our students with diverse learning needs receive all the academic support they need to ultimately persist to and through college.

Serve More Children
We are on track to serve 400 students by the 2020-2021 schoolyear by deepening our presence in traditionally underserved areas of Chicago’s south and west sides.

Build our Endowment
Our newly-established endowment will help sustain our program for the long-term, enabling student success for years to come.

When considering the impact of these initiatives, I think of Alistair. Alistair entered our program as a kindergartener this year, and the stakes are no more evident than in his eyes. With the success of this campaign, we will be able to look Alistair in the eye and assure him that we’ll be there for him every step of the way, including the steps he will someday take across the stage to receive his college diploma.  No matter the challenges he faces, we’ll be there for him. For a population that deals in broken promises, that brings incredible peace of mind. Alistair deserves it.

I invite you to help us secure the success of Alistair and the next 25 years of Horizons for Youth students through this campaign.  By giving today with the Boler Family Foundation 2:1 matching challenge, your gift and impact on students like Alistair will be magnified.

This is an exciting time for us, and I am incredibly grateful for your support of current and future generations of students.  You can find more information about the 25th Anniversary Campaign in our case for support, which you can download here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Audrey George, the CEO of Horizons for Youth, at 312-627-9031 or