The University of Illinois at Chicago Early Outreach Program is a pre-college academic pipeline initiative that offers a Saturday Enrichment Program and summer learning experiences that inspire independence, curiosity, confidence, leadership and collaboration. We consider our students’ diversity to be an asset. We understand and capitalize on our students' cultures, abilities, resilience, and effort. The Early Outreach Program was created more than three decades ago to retain, educate, and graduate ethnically underrepresented student populations to achieve success in health care professions. Our mission to design a rigorous yet accessible program has spawned a set of values that drives everything we do:
- Learning - we empower students to learn more than they thought was possible
- Empathy - we care about students more than we care about test scores
- Feedback - we listen, iterate and improve each session
- Impact - we celebrate student learning that improves our communities
Our six-week summer programs provide academic reinforcement and emotional and social support for students during the summer break. Students take part in fun activities at the UIC Recreational Center, attend exciting Friday field trips, and recharge themselves and get acquainted with peers during our free lunch served Monday - Friday!