Who We Are

Founded in 2006, CBO was formed by a small group of individuals committed to education who learned of the obstacles facing high achieving but under-resourced students on the North Shore of Chicago. Serving students at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, Deerfield High School, Highland Park High School, and Lake Forest High School, CBO provides access to college, and more importantly, helps them graduate. College graduates earn more than double the annual income than adults who have attained only a high school degree. College graduates are healthier, more active in their communities, and have greater access to health insurance and retirement benefits. College aspirations among low-income, first-generation students have risen significantly over the past 15 years yet the college attainment rates for the same period have remained flat. CBO’s six-year program closes this gap.

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