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Last Updated: February 5, 2015

Emancipation services toward reaching self-sufficiency

information link Youth In College (YIC) / Vocational Training Program Youth In College (YIC) / Vocational Training Program
Monthly grant and book money
information link Community College Tuition Payment Program Community College Tuition Payment Program
Up to 4 semesters of tuition and books not covered by financial aid
information link Education & Training Vouchers Education & Training Vouchers (ETV)
Up to $5,000 per year for educational or vocational expenses not covered by financial aid
information link Youth In Scholarship Youth In Scholarship (YIS)
Free tuition at 9 state universities and colleges + medical card + monthly grant + book money
information link Alternative Schools Network Alternative Schools Network
High School, GED, and mentoring; Includes the Extralearning Online, Project New Futures, and Added Chance Employment Programs
information link Project STRIVE Project STRIVE
Help staying in school and making transitions to high school and college
information link GEAR UP GEAR UP
Help getting ready for college
information link TRIO Programs TRIO Programs
Tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and information to help you succeed in school and in college
information link Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago(LAF) Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago(LAF)
Legal support for you, your family, and/or your caseworker when dealing with special education
information link Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)
Information on getting money for college. Also, see ISAC's for help with career planning, high school or college planning, and/or financial aid planning.
information link ISACorps ISACorps ISACorps members will be assisting students in career exploration, college selection, test preparation, scholarship searches, application completion and the college financial aid process.
information link Education Advisors Education Advisors
Someone to help and represent you at school
Education Advisor Contact List
information link Foster Care Alumni Groups on Campus Foster Care Alumni Groups on Campus
Support and friendship with others on your college campus who have been foster kids
information link UCAN Educational Mentoring Program UCAN Educational Mentoring Program
Help staying in school and some funding
information link Education Support Initiative (ESI) Education Support Initiative (ESI)
What can you get? Improved academic performance and improved educational involvement Who is eligible? DCFS youth in 6th to 12th grade who reside in the North Lawndale, South Shore, and Grand Boulevard/Bronzeville Communities
information link Educational Opportunity Center Educational Opportunity Center
Assists Chicago adults seeking to advance their educational credentials
information link Annual High School Education Plan Annual High School Education Plan
DCFS cares about your future success and is helping you plan ahead to be successful. (This is a PDF document.)
information Asian Human Services - Youth Resource Center
Services provided include: After-School Tutoring, Job/Internship Readiness, Life Skills Workshops, College Guidance and Preparation, Service Learning Hours · Career Development, Fun/Educational Field Trips, Public Transportation Assistance. Participants must be ages 16-21, enrolled in high school (sophomore-senior) or GED program, and meet low-income standards.
information Asian Human Services - J.O.Y. Program
The J.O.Y. Program (Job Opportunities for Youth) provides in-school youth the support and direction they need to excel both in and outside of the classroom. Our program provides youth customers with the guidance needed to seek and obtain appropriate academic and career opportunities that will enhance their educational and employment skills. Required Documents
information 12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois
This publication is intended for the use of high school and community college counselors throughout the state of Illinois. It provides counselors with current information about each state university, while the accompanying chart presents comparative admission, cost, curricula, and other relevant information about the state universities.
information HBCU's -- College and Universities Listing of Historically Black Colleges
Provides addresses, phone numbers, enrollment and tuition information on historically black colleges and univerisities. Listed alphabetically.
information State Universities in Illinois At a Glance
Summary of Minimum High School Course Requirements for Admission of Freshman to Illinois Public Universities
information Handbook of Illinois Postsecondary Institutions - Illinois Student Assistance Commission
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) annually publishes the Handbook of Illinois Postsecondary Institutions for high school, college, and community agency counselors and their college-bound students. The Handbook contains up-to-date financial aid and admission information for institutions approved for participation in ISAC's scholarship and grant programs, as well as other federal and institutional programs.
information Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) 2013 College Admission Update
Information about the campuses of 60 institutions of higher education, from Illinois and throughout the United States.
decoration Are you in High School or preparing for high school? Has your caseworker discussed an Annual High School Academic Plan with you?
information link Annual High School Academic Plan
decoration Promoting Academic Excellence & check lists for success!
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Did You Know.......
Are you thinking about going to college, a trade school, or vocational program? Do you need help with all the enrollment paperwork? And, the financial aid forms?
Counselors at Introspect will work directly with you to help decide where you should go to school, what courses or area of study you should choose, test preparation, and the whole financial aid process!
DCFS youth in care from anywhere in the state are eligible for services.
You can contact Introspect directly for assistance or services.
Introspect can be reached at 773 287-2290. Their email address is