Community Resources

Illinois College Advising Corps
https://www.icac.uillinois.edu/

The mission of the Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC) is to assist, educate, lead and inspire first generation, low-income, underrepresented youth in the enrollment and completion of post-secondary education. The ICAC organization pioneers innovative programs to address the college access and completion challenges faced by first generation, low-income and underrepresented secondary school students; ICAC directly and positively impacts the students, secondary school personnel, and communities we serve, thereby becoming a respected leader and advocate for underrepresented students who want to attend college.

Educational Talent Search
http://www.clcillinois.edu/aboutclc/depts/tal

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the post-secondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their post-secondary education.

Waukegan 2 College
http://www.waukegantocollege.org/

Waukegan to College creates brighter futures for students, families and the community by preparing students to enroll in and graduate from college.

Waukegan to College (W2C) was founded in 2009 to help families navigate the road to higher education. These families see education as a path out of poverty and dream of a solid education for their children, but need help supporting their children on the path to college.

W2C serves 83 students ranging from 5th grade to college, offering academic supports including counseling, workshops, tutoring, mentoring, and reading enrichment. In addition, ACT preparation and field trips to cultural and workplace venues are offered. In its first five years, W2C has had all seniors graduate from high school and matriculate to college. Younger W2C students are improving their grades and making the honor roll.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission
http://www.isac.org/

You have big plans. Big dreams. You know college is where to start. But a dream is not enough. College doesn't just happen; you have to work to make it a reality.ISAC can help you and your family navigate through the college and financial planning process, so you get to the school and program that s right for you with a smart financial plan to manage college costs. Explore the host of tools - and people - we offer to help you achieve your dreams. From online resources to explore careers, find colleges, and learn about applying for financial aid, to in person presentations and one-on-one assistance from our ISACorps members, we ve got you covered.

Waukegan Public Library
http://www.waukeganpl.org/

The Waukegan Public Library offers a variety of programs for the whole family. Homework help is available starting Kindergarten to 8th grade, Monday-Thursday, 5:30 7:30 pm. Other programs for children include storytimes, hands-on activities, and STEM-based programs. High School students are welcome to our multipurpose young adult space, The Corner, located on the main floor of the Library. Tutors are available to help with homework, SAT/ACT test prep and college applications, Monday-Thursday, 4:00 6:00 pm. For adults, we offer a variety of classes, ranging from conversational ESL and ESL tutoring, computer classes, functional health literacy and health fairs, adult one-to-one tutoring, a pathway to GED/high school completion in English and Spanish, and more! For more information, please contact Karina Martinez at 847-775-2565 or karinamartinez@waukeganpl.info.

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