We are fighting poverty with opportunity.

Together, we can build a better Chicago for everyone.

Chicago is not preparing our students to succeed

Despite decades of hard work, less than one in five Chicago Public School students go on to earn a 2-year or 4-year degree by the age of 25. We are failing to prepare our students – and our region – to succeed in the 21st century. Discover how A Better Chicago’s portfolio of education nonprofits are changing the status quo.

Why We Exist

The Challenge

Chicago Public Schools 9th graders who graduate from college by age 25

18%

Illinois jobs that will require a college degree by 2020

42%

Illinois jobs that will require more than a high school diploma by 2020

70%