COLLEGE PREPARATION AND READINESS

We seek to help high school prepare for college and be ready to respond to the challenges of college in a holistic way. 

  • We provide opportunities to help high school students develop and grow social and communication skills along with academic habits needed to be successful in the future. 

  • Throughout the year, High School students are welcome to complete as many volunteer service hours as interested. Volunteer service teaches high school students to be mentors to younger students and the importance of helping others in the community.

  • In the summer, high school students are offered opportunities for paid internships at UCA. In addition to support and guidance with college applications and study groups for SAT exam preparation, high school interns learn and develop important habits needed in college.   

Programs

High School Intern Program

June 22 – August 7
Make the summer count and prepare for high school and college
- Volunteer and help others
- Build interpersonal skills and make new friends
- Be in a mentoring group
- Plan for college and personal goals

Freshman Program (Cost: $75 per week)

Week

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Seven

High School Prep Topic

Interest Profiler, Career Planning

Extracurricular Activities

Exploring AP and Honors Courses

Building Friendships in High School

The Four Steps to College Research Project

Setting up a Portfolio

Volunteering

Social/Emotional Topic

Teambuilding

Setting Goals
Managing Your Emotions
Building Confidence & Professionalism
Managing Your Time
Relationships
Leadership

Sophomore Program (Stipend)

Week

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Two

Three

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Seven

High School Prep Topic

Interest Portfolio

Exploring Colleges

Extracurricular Plan

Finding a Mentor

Researching Scholarships

Creating Portfolios

Volunteering

Social/Emotional Topic

Teambuilding

Setting Goals
Managing Your Emotions
Building Confidence & Professionalism
Managing Your Time
Relationships
Leadership

Junior Program (Stipend)

Week

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Two

Three

Four

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Seven

College Prep Topic

Exploring Colleges

SAT Prep

Contacting Colleges

SAT Prep

Scholarship Research

SAT Prep

Volunteering

Social/Emotional Topic

Teambuilding

Setting Goals
Managing Your Emotions
Building Confidence & Professionalism
Managing Your Time
Relationships
Leadership

Senior Program (Stipend)

Week

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

Seven

College Prep Topic

Researching Colleges

Developing a Portfolio/Resume

Applying for Colleges

Planning Visits

SAT Prep for Fall Test

SAT Prep for Fall Test

Volunteering

Social/Emotional Topic

Teambuilding

Setting Goals
Managing Your Emotions
Building Confidence & Professionalism
Managing Your Time
Relationships
Leadership

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3033-3039 S Normal Ave,

Chicago, IL 60616

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info@UCAChicago.org

Main Line: 312.404.0153

Wendy Chan: wchan@UCAChicago.org

June Gin: jgin@UCAChicago.org

Margarita Higgs: mhiggs@UCAChicago.org

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