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100% Urban Prep Academy`s graduating seniors college-bound

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While the city is in turmoil over school closings, Urban Prep Academy has set a shining example of education that is making a huge difference in the lives of Chicago's young men.

All of Urban Prep's graduating seniors - 167 young African American men - have been accepted to a four-year college or university. Both the senior class at the Englewood campus and the inaugural graduating class from its West campus will all be going to college.

These young men are defying the odds in our city, where fewer than 40% of African American males even finish high school.

Urban Prep founder Tim King and two graduating seniors, Gaylord Minett Jr. and Marwin Williams Jr., joined Good Day Chicago Friday morning to talk about their school experience and their plans for the future.

King said 85% of Urban Prep students come from low-income families, and many start Urban Prep at least two grade levels behind. But they make a huge turnaround at the charter school, where they are given the knowledge and tools to prepare themselves for a bright future after they graduate.

The school also announced it received a $150,000 donation from Citi Foundation to support its alumni affairs program, which supports graduates enrolled in college.

This year's seniors have earned more than $6 million in scholarships and grants to date, and seven of them are Gates Millennium Scholar finalists.

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