HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, and college readiness programs that create new possibilities for Chicago high school students from low-income families. The HighSight experience empowers our scholars to excel in high school and graduate from four-year colleges across the country.
Organization Leadership and Information
HighSight was founded in the spring of 1992 as a response to assist the alumni of St. Joseph Elementary School in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood. Two of the school’s volunteer tutors were determined to make a difference in the lives of these students, most of whom were encountering the ills of urban life and underachieving in high school. The goal was to help seven students graduate from high school. After a few years of functioning entirely on a volunteer basis, HighSight succeeded beyond its original dreams and in 1995 began life as its own tax-exempt organization.