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BUDS: Building Understanding, Driving Success

  • BUDS: Building Understanding, Driving Success
  • 2248 W Monroe St Unit 3
  • Chicago, IL 60612

Program Description

BUDS is a college access initiative created to encourage students of color to pursue higher education. We provide educational support through high quality enrichment programming and offer guidance to students in their exploration and navigation of the college experience.

BUDS seeks to become a holistic, perpetual network of support for high school students through the programming and mentorship of its participants.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Mentoring


Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Fisk University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Western Kentucky University