University of Illinois at Chicago Early Outreach Saturday Enrichment Program End of program update

The University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Health Saturday Enrichment Program is an initiative of the Urban Health Early Outreach Program.

We consider our students’ diversity to be an asset. We understand and capitalize on our students' cultures, abilities, resilience, and effort.

The mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Health Program is to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, in the health professions, and to expand educational opportunities for these populations at the pre-college (K-12), undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. The Early Outreach Program is the pre-college program. The goal is to promote student success by preparing students for academic and career success in health professions in our changing and global society.

The 2015 -2016 Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) began on Saturday, September 12, 2015. We welcomed 110 students in grades 4th - 12th from 75 families. The SEP student body includes public, public charter, private, parochial, and home school participants. Students enhanced their academic and critical thinking skills while learning art, technology, and engineering. Sophomores and Juniors also received instruction in ACT Test Prep. More than twenty 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students elected to participate in our ACT Test Prep Extended Day sessions for six Saturdays.

The UIC Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) uses retired ACT tests to assess student achievement.

SEP 2015 -2016 Test Data

  • Placement test administered September 2015. End of year test administered March 2016.
  • 83% of students saw gains in their ACT Composite Score.
  • Students whose scores increased did so by nearly 3 points.

Fifty percent of our SEP students are Chicago Public/Chicago Charter Schools (District 299) students. Over half of SEP students (57%) are returning participants. Our underrepresented student population is 42% Hispanic or Latino, 37% Black or African American, 11% Asian, and 7% who identify as two or more races. The remaining are Native Hawaiian, White, or chose not to self-identify.

SEP 8th Grade Class of 2016 (Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Krishna Shah)

Parents and families, your participation in our program is what sustains us. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us. It affords us the opportunity to see what you think about us, how well we are doing, and what we can do to improve program operations, academic instruction, and student development. We asked you to participate in a survey that was emailed to you after the November Open House event. Here's what the survey results revealed: nearly 90% of you agreed that you felt welcomed by the Early Outreach Administrative Team, about 80% of you agreed that you felt the Saturday Enrichment Program will prepare and inspire your child/children. While 75% of you agreed that you had a better understanding of what your child/children is/are learning in the Saturday Enrichment Program after attending the Open House, we want more of you to have a clear understanding of the learning that takes place. The survey informed us that we have to be a better job informing you. Please participate in the end of program survey that is emailed to you in April 2016.

Class of 2016 Senior Class Profile

  • 100% College Acceptance
  • 50% UI Systems Acceptance
  • 75% ACT Composite Score 21 or above
  • 75% Health Sciences First Choice Intended Major
  • 55% Saturday Enrichment Participants 3 or more years
  • 45% Public Schools
  • 55% Private Schools/Home School

The SEP Class of 2016 graduates were honored at the 16th Annual Urban Health Program Celebration on April 21, 2016. Our graduates participated in this event alongside the UHP college graduates from the School of Public Health, College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Dentistry, Graduate College, and the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medicine. They were presented with a commemorative UIC EOP graduation stole. The guest speaker was Dr. Gregory L. Primus, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and founder of The Chicago Center for Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgery. The heartfelt and engaging message delivered by Dr. Primus encouraged students to understand the history behind health disparities and as future health care professionals to work towards eliminating the inequalities that exist.

Dr. Gregory L. Primus (Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Krishna Shah)

The Saturday Enrichment Program congratulates the Class of 2016 graduates on their many accomplishments and achievements! Class Valedictorian for St. Joseph High School is SEP graduate Sam Daughenbaugh. Scholarships Awarded - $10, 000 Ronald McDonald Scholarship awarded to SEP graduate J'Heannhehbelle. Rosier. QuestBridge $270,000 Scholarship awarded to SEP graduate Daniel Cruz.

QuestBridge is a provider of the National College Match that helps high-achieving low-income students gain admission and scholarships to some of the country's best colleges and universities.

We invite you to participate in our summer programs for elementary and high school students. Summer programs begin Monday, 27 June - Friday, 05 August. Our health sciences 2016 theme: In Sickness and In Health...Equity? What will students do? Students will work with partners to research and answer probing questions that will drive their research. Primary grades: Why do we eat? Middle grades: How can I control my health destiny? High school: How can we make informed decisions about the food we eat? These Essential Questions and Project Based Learning activities will enable students to think critically about all aspects of food, various diseases, how to prevent them, and how socio-economic factors play a role in sickness and in health.

Summer Prep 2015 students present their Diabetes research. (Photo courtesy of UIC Media)

Thank you for supporting the Early Outreach Program. Through your hard work, talents, and collective efforts we are building stronger community connections and promoting the success of our students.

Senior Class of 2016 Photo Courtesy of Mr. Luis Cruz


Mr. Luis Cruz, Mrs. Krishna Shah

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