Strategic Partnerships

The CAFÉ partners with and/or advises organizations to provide financial support and guidance to increase their ability to  deliver long-term, impactful programming.

Established in 1974, our programs have been nationally recognized and replicated to advance engineering learning, discovery, and engagement in fulfillment of the Land Grant promise through outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students in their pursuit to become extraordinary Purdue engineers. Although our programs are open to all students without regard to race, ethnicity, or gender, underrepresented students at Purdue University include African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.

The Academy Group is a unique enterprise founded to realize the true potential of young people from underserved communities across the United States. Designed to tap into the deep well of overlooked talent that exists nationwide, the Academy Group empower youth to thrive in school, work and life.

The Surge Institute educates and develops leaders of color who create transformative change in urban education. We are the preeminent pipeline addressing the dearth of leadership of color at the decision-making tables within education reform. Surge educates, empowers and energizes educational leaders of color who will create transformative change in the communities they serve.

Progressive Pathways Fund

The Progressive Pathways Fund promotes the development of a Chicagoland education and workforce system with a seamless transition from secondary to post-secondary programs, by expanding the universe of transparent and accessible Progressive Pathways to Post- Secondary Success. Progressive Pathways allows individuals to alternate between and combine periods of education/training and employment, and thereby progressively build toward college and career success over an extended period of time.

Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity through teaching and work with unwavering commitment from every sector of society to create a nation free from this injustice.

New Schools for Chicago (NSC) seeks to dramatically impact student achievement by ensuring that every family and child has access to a high-quality school. To achieve dramatic results we must support parents in navigating to and advocating for quality school options, drive “kids-first” policy, and provide direct support to schools.

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is a statewide advocacy and charter school support organization serving 143 charter campuses in Illinois that collectively educate more than 64,000 public school students. INCS works to ensure that charter public schools have adequate and equitable resources, the autonomy to find innovative approaches to meet student needs, and a fair and transparent policy landscape that allows high-quality options to thrive. As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS engages a diverse coalition of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and community members to create systemic change and secure high-quality schools for undeserved communities.