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Destiny Ortega

Pursue Scholars

Project Description

Pursue Scholars is an urban leadership development nonprofit that invests in emerging leaders from neighborhoods across Chicago to influence lasting impact in our city. We train and inspire young leaders to successfully complete college while also growing as leaders. In 2020, a small group of staff and supporters of Pursue Scholars walked the entire 24 miles of Western Ave in Chicago to raise awareness and money. By the time it was finished, we had doubled our initial financial goal and raised $100,000 to invest in the emerging urban leaders. We called this campaign Pursue Unity. Pursue Unity Walk is a physical challenge that aims to unite the diverse neighborhoods of Chicago by way of leadership development and community collaboration. This journey across the city of Chicago brings our walkers through many of the diverse neighborhoods that our scholars come from. Scholars, community members, and staff will come together to honor the stories and legacies of our great city. Walking through Chicago, we hope to provide examples on how together, we can bring unity to the city. "I want to be involved with a Pursue Unity to one acknowledge how much pursue scholars has done for me and in my education, to give back to my community and see the different environments through the walk, and lastly push myself to a limit that I didn’t know I could achieve and lean on my support team through this process." - Destiny Ortega. Your contributions will help us fund Pursue Unity Walk which will support the resources of Pursue Scholars, increased Scholarship dollars and community enrichment programming. Will you consider a generous donation to invest in these young leaders?

Our Mission

Pursue Scholars holistically invests in emerging urban leaders in pursuit of higher education.

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$695 out of $2,000