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​​​​​​​Graduate Support Program


After the 2011 - 2012 school year, a middle school in Chicago's Austin neighborhood was forced to close its doors after ten years. The school was called San Miguel.  It had been recognized by the mayor's office as one of the most effective schools for under served student populations in the city of Chicago.  


One of the programs at the school was especially successful.  Named "Graduate Support," its mission was to help middle school students transition to Chicago high schools and make sure they had a support system while they were in high school.  After-school tutoring, open basketball gyms and community events were hosted at San Miguel for hundreds of community members and San Miguel graduates over a span of 6 years, providing a crucial support system to help Austin youth navigate the high school system and prepare for the next stage of their careers.


Eighty percent of the 150 San Miguel graduates graduated from high school!  This is a testament to the mission of San Miguel's graduate support program and the power of love from a community that cares about its children.  

 

Republic Foundation is honored to adopt San Miguel's graduate support program.  Since 2012, we have managed internships, provided tutoring, and are now organizing community events to preserve the legacy of hope San Miguel brought to the Austin community.

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​​ Homeless Care Project


We partnered with high school students in the Chicagoland area last winter to help those most in need.  Students were asked to write letters to a homeless person who was given the letter along with a care package for the winter.


Sets of socks, hats, gloves and some words of inspiration helped kick off our first annual Homeless Care Project Drive.  We passed out 38 care packages and put smiles on the faces of those who need it the most. 


Our 2015 goal is to raise $5,000 and hand out 100 care packages in Chicago for the upcoming holiday season.  We need your help!

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Students and teachers gather at the Legacy Condominium in downtown Chicago to celebrate 13 years of friendships and memories.

San Miguel 2006 Class Reunion