College Possible Chicago welcomed its junior cohort into their six-year journey to college graduation during the second annual Student Summit, held this year on Nov. 3 at the Chase Auditorium. The event, hosted by J.P Morgan Chase, featured the following guest speakers:
- Zoraida Sambolin, NBC5 News Today Anchor
- Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions
- Jeffly Gabriela Molina, Chicago Artist
- Stedman Graham, CEO of S. Graham and Associates
- Michele Rogers, Director of Chicago Partnerships at the Kellogg School of Management
Most of the speakers rose to career success from modest, low-income backgrounds similar to that of our students. During their presentations, they provided strong words of encouragement while speaking about their own struggles navigating through college and the workforce.
After the last presentation, the students were given the opportunity to participate in an end-of-the-day activity before returning to their high schools. Posters with the following three questions were placed around the auditorium: What were you most inspired by? What is your commitment to yourself? What is one thing you learned today?
Students wrote their answers on colorful post-it notes and attached them to the boards. Some of their responses included:
“I was inspired by all the speakers. They made me realize that life is not that bad. You’re in control of your life.”
“One thing I learned today is that anything is possible. It doesn’t matter where you came from or where you start; what matters is where you want to go.”
“Education is very important. Always continue to learn.”
In joining College Possible, our juniors are taking the next step toward a better life and we are extremely proud of them for doing so. We look forward to supporting them throughout the next six years and cannot wait to watch them realize their full potential.