Founded in 1966, LINK Unlimited is Chicago’s oldest mentoring and college preparatory organization. LINK has successfully transitioned 1,700 economically disadvantaged African American youth to college by providing academic support through their high school years. LINK’s scholars’ success through high school is supported through Mentoring, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Tutoring and Study Skills programs. They are set on the college track through College Readiness programming. LINK students have attended many top tier colleges, and have moved on to become successful in their own right, as bankers, business professionals, engineers, educators, attorneys, doctors and more. Many former LINK students are now sponsors and benefactors of current LINK students.
LINK counts over 50 colleges and universities as partners that give LINK scholars access to their campus’ students and administrators to answer questions and give students relevant information about their school. This list of colleges includes the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Colorado College, Grinnell College, Pomona College, Vanderbilt University, Kenyon College, Bowdoin College and Colgate University.
LINK Unlimited’s programs challenge each student academically and personally, compelling them to push beyond what they thought were their limits to reach higher levels of excellence. LINK strives to remain abreast of the needs of our students, their families and the community. Our longevity and history of success drive us to continue evolving our programming and outreach so that our scholars can advance even further.