Our Affiliates

We are thrilled with our UtmostU partnership. Our alumni feel extra support from check-ins with their alumni coaches and enjoy seeing us on campus. UtmostU staff have been supportive and collaborative in nature, giving us the confidence we need to successfully implement this first cohort of Fellows. The resources, collaboration, and support we have received from the UtmostU team have been invaluable.

Amanda Bates

Alumni Support Lead, Catalyst Maria High School

What does it mean to be a Affiliate?

  • Affiliate use a high quality, comprehensive college and career access curriculum
  • Affiliate support Fellows in their senior year of high school and along their journey through the UtmostU program
  • Affiliate have a dededicated Pathway Coach to support all of its UtmostU Fellows
  • Affiliate utilize UtmostU’s technology platform
  • Affiliate contact Fellows on a regular basis
  • Affiliate collect critical documents for Fellow success
  • Affiliate staff participate in monthly network meetings

Comer Education Campus

UtmostU was founded in 2012 in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood to support graduates of Gary Comer College Prep and the Gary Comer Youth Center through college.  For over eight years, UtmostU has served close to 1,000 graduates through this partnership.

Catalyst Maria High School

Catalyst Maria Charter School is a dynamic, vibrant school community serving kindergarten-12th grade students in Chicago’s Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Catalyst Maria is guided by a mission of providing college-preparatory and values-based education that allows scholars to thrive in their academic and social-emotional growth. Catalyst Maria joined the UtmostU Network in 2019.

Legal Prep Charter Academy

Located in West Garfield Park, Legal Prep Charter Academy has been educating students since 2012 focusing on encouraging low-income, first-generation students to consider careers in the legal field. They offer a college-prep curriculum that includes university-level courses in legal studies. Legal Prep joined the UtmostU Network in 2020.

After School Matters- Lutz Scholars

After School Matters is Chicago’s premier program to guide teens to explore their talents and potential careers. UtmostU is supporting the After School Matters’ Lutz Scholar program, which provides scholarships to college-bound young adults, and is based out of the Michael and Karen Lutz Center located in Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. After School Matters joined the UtmostU Network in 2020.

After School Matters

Horizons for Youth 

Horizons for Youth wondered why every child who grew up in Chicago did not have the same opportunities for success that they did. Which barriers were preventing others from fulfilling their professional, educational, and financial potential? After thinking this through Horizons for Youth was born. Horizons for Youth is Chicago’s first and only organization providing scholarship, mentoring and enrichment programs for children from kindergarten through high school, with continued academic and socio-emotional support through college. Horizons for Youth joined the UtmostU Network in 2021. 


UChicago Charter School

The UChicago Charter School is a public charter school in the Chicago Public Schools district composed of three campuses serving approximately 1,500 students on Chicago’s South Side. UChicago Charter’s North Kenwood/Oakland and Donoghue elementary campuses serve grades preK–5, and its combined middle and high school Woodlawn campus serves grades 6-12. Together, the three campuses of the UChicago Charter School provide a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade “superhighway” to college, cultivating students to become critical thinkers and leaders who succeed in four-year colleges and beyond. UChicago Charter School joined UtmostU Network in 2021. 

After School Matters

Chicago Collegiate

The mission of Chicago Collegiate Charter School is to equip ALL students in grades five through twelve with the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits to succeed in the college of their choice, strengthen their communities and change the world. Chicago Collegiate wants to ensure 100% of their students complete college within six years of high school graduation. Their school model is designed to make sure that students establish a strong foundation in middle school, experience a rigorous high school that prepares them for college, and ensures that throughout that they have familiarity with the kind of life experiences that most college students have whether that’s seeing a play, eating at a fancy restaurant or spending time away from home.



Genesys Works mission is to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. They envision a future where all young adults are equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success, upward mobility, and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency.

After School Matters

Champs Male Mentoring Program

The mission of the C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program is to educate, empower, and expose African-American and Latino young men beyond the four walls of the school in order to help them to achieve their dreams and goals. C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program envisions a safe environment for every young man by developing their mindsets through culturally relevant conversations and interactions that will help them develop the skills and habits necessary to navigate life in a positive and productive way.