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Umoja Student Development Corporation

  • Umoja Student Development Corporation
  • 910 W. Van Buren St.
    Suite 710
  • Chicago, IL 60607
  • 773-312-3898
  • 1997

Program Description

Umoja is an essential on-the-ground partner for public schools and districts seeking to increase student attendance and engagement, reduce violence, promote academic achievement and increase graduation and college enrollment rates. Umoja's model of College & Career Readiness, Social & Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice creates the necessary conditions in schools for all students to achieve academically and ultimately succeed in college.

Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. They do this by building a web of dynamic relationships that brings together schools, families, and community partners to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low-income youth and the resources they need to thrive.

Success Stories

The idea of becoming independent can be frightening for some students, but not Joshua. Joshua, currently a senior at Al Raby School for Community and Environment (Al Raby), is very much looking forward to furthering his education as he ventures off to college in the fall. Joshua has found Umoja to be a critical resource in preparing him for post-secondary success. Two Senior Seminar lessons that made Joshua think about life through a different lens were learning how to stay on track when working toward achieving your goals despite unpredictable life experiences and thinking through what it means to be an independent adult.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 7000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%