Bridges to Success

UtmostU @ City Colleges of Chicago

UtmostU is excited to support 100 City Colleges of Chicago students toward their greatest degree!

For over nine years, UtmostU has proven that direct engagement with young adults has improved their ability to reach their life goals. Having an advocate, mentor, and personal cheerleader increases the potential for success.  Beginning the spring semester of 2022, UtmostU will be supporting 100 City Colleges of Chicago students on their educational journey. Each student – who we call a “Fellow” – will be paired with an UtmostU Coach, matched with a Peer Mentor who attends City Colleges, offered free T-Mobile cell service, connected with other Fellows in the UtmostU community, and provided a $400 stipend or a tablet with cell service and a $100 stipend to participate in this unique program.

Fellows are advised by their Pathway Coach and their Peer Coach at least monthly to support their forward movement to program completion. Through the online UtmostU Community, Fellows will receive monthly surveys to assess their mindset. Fellows receive $10 to participate in the surveys.

Fellows part of Bridges to Success are provided:
  • a personal coach
  • a peer mentor
  • free cell service ($800 of annual savings)
  • access to paid professional training opportunities
  • A $400 stipend OR tablet with cell service and a $100 stipend

Enrollment Process

1.  Complete the Bridges to Success Interest Form
2.  Schedule a 15-minute Get-to-Know-You interview
3.  Complete enrollment documents

December
Applications reviewed
Students enroll into Bridges to Success

January
Start of spring semester
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey
Stipend payment

February
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey

March
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey
Complete career mapping plan
Review summer plans
Stipend payment

April
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey
Credit audit toward program completion
Complete re-enrollment requirements

May
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey

June
Complete pre-professional workshop
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey

July
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey
Re-enrollment planning
Stipend payment

August
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey

September
Start of fall semester
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey

October
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey

November
Contact with Pathway Coach and Mentor
Complete monthly Success Survey
Stipend Payment