ABOUT US

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 216 students from

36

Chicago neighborhoods

25

Elementary schools

30

High schools

34

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

HORIZONS FOR YOUTH

96

%

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.

11

%

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

We are proud to release the 2020 Annual Report, which documents a year to remember for our organization. We achieved record-breaking celebrations, said farewell to our dear leader, Audrey, and more importantly, rallied together as volunteers, donors, and staff for the achievement of our students during such an unprecedented year.