SGA’s College Access & Success Mentoring Program

SGA Youth & Family Services provides a wide range of social services in some of Chicago’s most challenged and consistently underserved communities, and creates long-term and community-wide change. SGA’s Cycle of Opportunity® follows children from birth through school, to college and beyond.

Are you a high school junior or senior with at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to attend college?


Are you currently in college and would like emotional support and advice on how to solve problems when they come up, and make the most of college?

Higher Sights is a free program that helps high-achieving and highly motivated students, regardless of legal status, to reach their goal of getting a college degree. Higher Sights participants work with mentors to identify college and career goals, develop personalized action plans, get support to work through those plans, and stay on track. Your mentor acts as a personal sounding board for your ideas, helping you every step of the way.

You will work on building on skills such as self-awareness, communication, wellness/resilience, technology, and global awareness/research.

The late entrepreneur and philanthropist Joe Pedott helped create the Higher Sights program and established a fund for its operation.

Learn more about Joe's life and his history with SGA here. 


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Our three partner high schools are Thomas Kelly College Prep, Wendell Phillips Academy High School, and Curie High School.

We’ve also partnered with several organizations and individuals. 

Interested in partnering with us? Contact Lolita via email.

High school students who wish to schedule a meeting with Rich Horowitz, may reach him via email.


For questions or more information, please contact hsights@sga-youth.org