There is no question that 2020 was a year full of tremendous challenges. Our Fellows confronted unprecedented and unforeseen personal, educational, and financial hurdles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, these young adults showed us their strength and resilience as they adapted to virtual learning environments, navigated economic uncertainty, and confronted racial injustice.

The following attached brief details important highlights from 2020. Our network continues to expand!
We now support 350 Fellows and five partner organizations on Chicago’s South and West sides. In the last year, our Fellows earned the highest number of degrees in a single year since our inception in 2012. Seventy-five Fellows completed career readiness training and many more participated in new online supports to accumulate college credits and prepare for career pathways.

The UtmostU team remains steadfast in our commitment to address the needs of our Fellows pursuing college and careers during these trying times. Thank you for your continued support of
our UtmostU Fellows and the important work we do at the Network for Young Adult Success.

David Bennett