Summer Experience Partners

UtmostU has partnered this summer with an amazing group of organizations to build skills for our Fellows whether through college readiness programming, paid internships, pre-professional training, or attending an entrepreneurship bootcamp. The goal is to build professional skills and resumes, expand career networks, deepen career knowledge, and prepare for a life after college.

Metropolitan Family Services 

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago 

Founded in 1902, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Serving nearly 20,000 youth ages 5 to 18, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago works to provide members with the emotional, educational, physical, and cultural resources that allow them to enjoy their childhood and thrive in adulthood. At our Clubs, they find caring mentors, avenues of opportunity and the tools they need to prepare for great futures.

A Safe Haven 

Safe Haven is a vision come to life, a place where people in crisis can find the food, shelter, treatment, medical care, education, job training and job placement they need under one roof. We call this place A Safe Haven. It’s a model of continuous care that fulfills our mission to help people aspire, transform, and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. If you walk down the halls and ask the people themselves how they best describe A Safe Haven, you will repeatedly hear the same three words. “It saves lives.”

Economic Awareness Council

The Economic Awareness Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare students and families for the economic and financial decisions they will make both today and tomorrow. Meeting the needs of families and youth with limited resources is emphasized.

BMO Harris

North America’s eighth largest bank by assets, BMO serves more than 12 million customers through three integrated operating groups providing personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment services. Building on 203 years of experience (and counting), we’re globally minded and socially conscious, with a strong brand, distinctive capabilities and a clear, well-defined strategy. We’re proud of our bank’s highly engaged workforce and award-winning collaborative culture. BMO employees are dedicated to transparency, sound governance and the highest standards of ethical conduct – values that form the foundation of trust and cement the lasting connections we create with our customers, our communities and each other.

Lawndale Christian Legal Center 

In 1978, members of Lawndale Community Church surveyed a group of Lawndale residents about their greatest needs. The residents listed inexpensive health care, a basketball gym, improved housing—and competent and affordable legal services. One by one the church found the means to meet these needs and in April, 2010, Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) was established.


Skill for Chicagoland’s Future

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future Skills is a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed and underemployed job seekers. As a national thought leader in creating innovative, demand-driven workforce solutions, Skills has been tapped as a resource demonstrating the need for business intermediaries both locally and nationally.

Kennedy-King College

Kennedy-King College embodies the commitment to academic excellence and civic responsibility exemplified by its namesakes, civil and human rights activists Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kennedy-King provides robust, holistic student support through programs, services, and social engagement opportunities designed to foster student development as well as promote college and career success.