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Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The mission of Altus Academy is to develop students with the strength of character and academic preparation to succeed in college preparatory high schools, college, and beyond. Altus is a private, independent, not-for-profit, middle school that provides a high quality college preparatory education for families. We aim to serve underrepresented populations, including students from historical minority groups, low-income households, and from first-generation college graduate households.

Target demographics: students obtain FREE high quality education

Direct beneficiaries per year: a small group of 15 students

Geographic areas served: challenging neighborhoods of Chicago

Programs: project based learning, life long mentoring, character development, and empowering parents to be the primary educators to their family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as a volunteer humbled me as I saw parents and other volunteers like me, do everything and anything to make sure all of the children are receiving the proper attention. With time, I heard stories of one family taking the responsibility of bringing lunches for a student who's mother needed to leave town. Also, to hear stories such as the schools' directors themselves taking the initiative to seek out professional attention for a student who was struggling to gather the will to work hard...even if that meant that the student would have to go to a different, more adequate school for his needs. (Although it was also good to hear, he's now going to therapy and managed to lift his spirits enough to pass the grade.)
The family-style love and attention is apparent the moment anybody walks into the school. You will probably be greeted with open arms and offered coffee or cake by the school "grandmother caretaker" who, everyday, uses her teacher skills of 20+ years as well as her unconditional love and respect for children and those important to them.
To know that this school's business plan to reach the plateau of self-sustainability, I am willing, as I hope many others are, to help and donate any way I can. I could afford to donate my time at this moment, but I wish I could donate money to help the school in a more permanent manner. I hope you have this wish and will as well. I know we will feel the difference you'd be making at Altus Academy.
Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely,
A.M.