Cocktail for Causes March 2012 - PEAK
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 from 17:30 to 20:30 (CDT)
PEAK focuses on providing support for the youth in our program through two mechanisms: scholarship opportunities and mentoring services. The mission of PEAK is to provide opportunities for at-risk youth to achieve academic and personal success through a quality, values-based education and the guidance of caring adult mentors.
Students in our program are at-risk for dropping out of high school, for repeating the cycle of poverty, and for getting involved in violent and/or drug activity. We assist these youth in achieving a quality high school education through scholarship opportunities and the guidance of adult mentors. We seek to enable our students to compete more successfully for employment, to be better qualified for higher education, to achieve greater personal fulfillment, and ultimately to contribute productively to society. Our purpose is to foster hope and break the cycle of poverty and frustration that limits many youth in our society.
PEAK Report Card
- PEAK has provided full scholarships and mentoring services to over 200 at-risk youth in the Chicago community since its mission began in 1997.
- To date, 106 youth have graduated from our program and over 90% of them have gone on to attend college.
- Since 2006, 100% of our graduates have been accepted to college.
- Our high school attrition rate is just under 30%, which is significantly lower than the attrition rate of youth within the communities that our students reside. In these communities, attrition rates range from 50-75%.
- PEAK is the only high school scholarship program in Chicago that pays 100% tuition and focuses on academically average to below average students.
Interested in becoming a mentor, sponsor, or to learn more about PEAK? Please visit our website at www.peakchicago.org.
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Toinette McClellan Gunn
Toinette McClellan Gunn is the current Executive Director for Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK), a non-profit scholarship and mentoring organization for at-risk Chicago high school students.
Toi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in Criminal Justice and Sociology, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Oakland University, is a candidate for a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Education from Oakland University, and is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan with a specialization in Mental Health.
She has worked in the Human Service field and non-profit sector for over 15 years, working in education, mentoring, foster care, substance abuse therapy, child and adolescent mental heath therapy, and low-income housing.