The Academy Group provides hundreds of youth the opportunity to go from the excluded to the exceptional. Fueled by profits from businesses founders Mark and Kimbra Walter have contributed, the Academy Group provides academic support, mentoring and work experience to scholars during a 14-year-journey from fourth grade to career. The Academy Group guarantees students who meet program requirements a job post college graduation.

Dominique runs her own radio station and shes the finance director for a local nonprofit thats reducing gun violence on Chicagos South Side. She plans to become a Chief Finance Officer for a Fortune 500 company.

Carlos owns a clothing line, and he tells us that his sights are set on scaling his business through sheer determination. He knows his family and school cant afford him the same preparation thats available to young people his age in more affluent communities, but hes undeterred.

Taofeeq, the son of Nigerian parents who immigrated to America, dreams of becoming a pilot and then plans to own an airline that offers affordable international flights for families of immigrants.

We believe that there are no exceptions, just exceptional young people.

Thats why when Dominique, Carlos, and Taofeeq tell us their plans, we have no doubt they will be successful beyond even their wildest dreams.

Were pleased to partner with a range of companies and institutions to provide internship opportunities for our exceptional young people. Our current partners include:

Rather than provide a pathway for some young people to succeed despite all odds,we are changing the odds entirely.

Together, we will transform the way the nation sees diverse talent:

Fueled by the belief that talent is ubiquitous, the Academy Group unlocks opportunity for young people from the nations most resilient communities to realize their full potential as economic, educational and social change agents.