HPHS Awarded Grants from YEA! and Community Foundation

Community organizations raise nearly $400,000 for dozens of local programs.

Highland Park High School wants to thank YEA! Highland Park and the Highland Park Community Foundation for their generous 2012 donations to support HPHS

Each year the organizations raise significant funds to acknowledge outstanding programs and initiatives that fill the unmet needs of Highland Park and Highwood. This year they funded 48 grants amounting to nearly $400,000.

The following Highland Park High School programs were awarded funding at the 8th Annual 2012 Grant Awards Dinner at Bella Via Ristorante on Dec. 5th:

Homework Club – Homework Club is offered Monday through Thursday after school. All HPHS students can receive free tutoring in math, science, English, and social studies. Counseling services and ACT prep classes are also available. Around 25-50 students attend HW Club each day.  

Sunday Soccer, Dance & Swimming –The goal is to bring large numbers of families together at HPHS to participate in healthy and fun family activities, community education, and healthy programs.  

National Hispanic Institute Scholarships – HPHS will be able to send seven high-achieving Latino students to the National Hispanic Institute Leadership Conference. The week-long event at De Paul University focuses on leadership skills, communication skills, and ideas about civic government and community activism.  

Estudiante to Student – HPHS partners with Elm Place and Northwood Middle Schools to offer after school mentoring programs. The first program, Future Giants, pairs middle school students with high school mentors. The second program, Rising Stars, pairs the high school mentors with high-achieving Latino and African American 6th and 7th grade students.

FOCUS on the Arts – This three day event in April exposes thousands of students and the community to the visual, performing, and communication
arts. The goal has always been to increase appreciation and understanding of
the arts and of arts professionals. This year’s 24th celebration will kick-off on April 5th and will feature more than 200 multi-cultural events.  

The two organizations raise their funds for grants in entirely different ways. Highland Park Community Foundation has continued to build an Endowment Fund that distributes its income and earnings in a manner that assures funds will be
available in perpetuity. YEA! Highland Park raises their grant monies through a
benefit dinner held at Ravinia Festival each year.

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