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Launch U

  • Launch U
  • 641 West Lake Street
  • Chicago, IL 60661
  • 312-805-3198
  • 2005

Program Description


Launch U pairs young professionals with high achieving urban scholars to help expose them to college life and career opportunities and provide general guidance during their senior year of high school.


Launch U empowers young, achieving, motivated youth to pursue their dreams of college graduation. Our vision is for each Launch U scholar to be able to use the network they build through their Launch U experience to take advantage of career opportunities in the future.


Launch U's goal is to enable 100% of its scholars to achieve college graduation and future employment.

Success Stories

This year, one of our extremely bright scholars, Elijah, was awarded a full-ride scholarship to attend Northwestern University in the fall! We are so proud of Elijah and all of his accomplishments. Receiving such a prestigious award on such a competitive academic level is a moment that Launch U will forever feel proud and grateful for.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 60%
  • African American: 35%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 150
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Undocumented Students (10)


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Grinnell College
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Vanderbilt University