WHAT OTHER COLLEGE STUDENT SUPPORT DOES CHA PROVIDE TO ITS RESIDENTS?

For information on CHA’s college funding support visit our CHA Scholarship and Partners in Education pages.

 

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PROJECT SOAR

CHA Residents (ages 15-20) can receive one-on-one coaching from an Education Navigator to support post-high school plans, or to assist in continued post-secondary enrollment through Project S.O.A.R (Students + Outcomes + Achievements = Results

Think of an Education Navigator as an extra coach for future success that can help to:

  • FIND THE RIGHT COLLEGE OR PROGRAM – identify schools and programs that are a good match and fit
  • COMPLETE APPLICATIONS – including college admissions, program and scholarship applications
  • SAVE MONEY – help to complete the FAFSA, maximize financial aid & find scholarships
  • PERSIST TO GRADUATION – help through common college ‘road blocks,’ identify internships and summer employment opportunities, build a network for future success 

This opportunity is only for select CHA developments; Education Navigators and their properties are listed below. Services through CHA’s S.O.A.R program are entirely free and participation is voluntary. If you have any questions about the program, please call Cassie Brooks, Education Specialist at 312.786.3222 or email education@thecha.org

Complete the PROJECT SOAR Consent Form and reach out to your Education Navigator below!

See how CHA’s SOAR program offers one-on-one coaching from our Education Navigators to support post-high school plans and assist in continued post-secondary enrollment. Think of it as an extra coach for future success!

MEET OUR EDUCATION NAVIGATORS

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Symphoni Henry

shenry@thecha.org
Serving Oakwood Shores, Washington Park, Langston, Quincy, Mohawk North, Orchard Park, Renaissance North, Old Town Square & Old Town Village

Symphoni Henry is a passionate Education Navigator with CHA and enjoys working with students on their post-secondary plans and goals. Her education portfolio includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership, Policy Studies, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Symphoni is excited to work with CHA youth through Centers for New Horizons and Employment and Employer Services. More importantly, she wants to see her students succeed and SOAR to College Success! 

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Grant Vitale

gvitale@thecha.org  
Serving Dearborn, Hilliard & Legends South (Coleman, Hansberry, Mahalia & Savoy)

Grant Vitale is committed and dedicated to supporting Chicago youth, especially youth who are first-generation college students and low-income.  As an Education Navigator with the CHA, he is thrilled and excited to work with Project SOAR youth and families to support them in achieving their academic and career goals.  Grant earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Minor in Marketing from Old Dominion University. 

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Ashley Thompson

asthompson@thecha.org
Serving Bridgeport Homes, Brooks Homes, Horner Westhaven & West End

Ashley Thompson is passionate about providing high school youth and young adults with opportunities for educational and professional development. She earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and a Masters in Educational Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).