Horizons for Youth is a community committed to helping children recognize and achieve their full potential. In partnership with dedicated families, we provide academic support, one-on-one mentoring, and enrichment programs.

Our story

Horizons for Youth was founded in 1991 by a group of friends who wanted to give back to the community.

They believed that three aspects of their childhood were essential to their success: a quality education from an early age, a strong adult support system, and exposure to the larger community.

Determined to focus on children’s needs in spite of the barriers they face, our founders started filling in the gaps to these vital opportunities by forming Horizons for Youth.

We serve over 200 students from


Chicago neighborhoods


Elementary schools


High schools


Colleges across the United States

No child is refused based on academics

No child is refused admission into our program based on academic ability; in fact, 30% of our students work with Horizons for Youth staff to gain access to diversified education plans. 

Our current students follow in the steps of their Horizons for Youth predecessors, 84% of whom persist through college or have graduated within four years.

Our impact on graduation




Of Horizons for Youth students are at or above grade level. Through our comprehensive academic programs and support services, we commit ourselves to making sure our students succeed in the classroom.



Of children from the lowest economic quintile will earn a college degree, but at Horizons for Youth, the rate is 84%. Working with the same kids, from the same neighborhoods, and facing the same socioeconomic challenges- Horizons for Youth students achieve nearly a ten-fold increase in college persistence.

Our scholars have a lot to say

Our support doesn’t stop after high school. With an average of 80% of the cost of college covered, 84% of our students persist to and through college.

Read our Annual Report

One year down with our new Executive Director, a clearly defined mission statement, and a new logo. Though the 2021 year brought lots of new and exciting changes, Horizons for Youth remained steadfast to its mission: to transform the life of a child.

“COVID may have changed how we engaged, but it did not diminish the transformational nature of our educational and mentoring support.

And most importantly, and impressively, our students persevered.”

Greg Borkowski, Executive Director