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Junior Senior Scholars

JSS - North Central

Thirty years ago, Janis Fitzsimmons launched the Junior/Senior Scholars (JSS)  program on the campus of North Central College with one goal—to improve the education of at-risk elementary and secondary students in Chicago area schools.

“Driskill has identified ‘keys to curiosity’ as a centerpiece for their foundation,” Fitzsimmons said. “We certainly do a lot with inquiry and science, so we’re really going to develop that piece of our program.”

JSS started as a three-week summer program with 30 K-12 students from James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in Chicago. Now year-round and expanded to include students at Oak Park Elementary School in Aurora, some 3,250 students and their families have been impacted by the academic programs, mentoring, outreach activities and college-bound message in these communities

This program addresses the need for comprehensive college and career readiness skills for all K-12 students, especially those in high-need schools. Today, scholar in the program have higher scores and better graduation, on average, than their peer.

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