College Advising Corps (CAC)

Is a national nonprofit that places recent college graduates in high schools to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students going to college. Kalie Halpin is our advisor at Wells and her office is located in room 111. She is available everyday to help students and their families with all parts of the college process, such as researching schools, completing applications, FAFSA and scholarships.

Youth Guidance - Student Life

Hosts after school clubs, programs, and enrichment opportunities. Creates program coherency amongst all existing external programs and partners.

Becoming A Man (BAM) - Youth Guidance

Counseling/mentoring of pre-selected male students with the goal of improving these students behavior, grades, & attendance.

Primary focus is the support of student participants in the BAM II program cohort.

Gear Up

Overall we work with students parents and teachers to increase post secondary options. We offer college visits, college and career workshops, parent workshops, Family college visits and tutoring/mentoring.These are our goals:
  • Increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education.
  • Increase GEAR UP students and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.


The School recruits volunteers from the community that serve the school as mentors and support staff. GTS sponsors the student-led, faith-based group on campus, in addition to supporting performing arts programs and connecting students to "life-on-life" mentors.

Umoja Student Development Corporation

Founded in 1997, Umoja Student Development Corporation is an on-the-ground partner for schools focused on ensuring every student graduates from high school equipped for college and career success. Umoja provides teachers, staff and school leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools essential to increasing on-track and graduation rates, decreasing disciplinary infractions and increasing college enrollment. During the 2016/17 school year, Umoja programs will provide trans-formative programming to 3,600 students at 13 Chicago public high schools.

Umoja’s College & Career Readiness Seminar model combines an Umoja staffer based within the school and a research-based and standards-aligned daily curriculum with sequenced lessons for all four grade levels. Specifically:

Freshman Seminar provides lessons in creating a personal narrative, learning to create and follow personal and academic goals, how to self-advocate, executive functioning, adopting a growth mindset, and beginning to explore and define their future college and career aspirations and what they need to reach those.

Senior Seminar is the hub for Post-secondary Planning. After engaging in the college application and FAFSA process, students work on career exploration and job interviewing skills as well as developing an “adult toolbox” to help them feel equipped to persist through all obstacles after high school.

Union League Boys and Girls Club, Club Two

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs offers programs and services to enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Programs offered focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character and Citizenship. We provide programs everyday during lunch and after-school.