A Leg Up: Skill Building from Climbing to Test-Taking

Each year PEAK organizes group outings for scholars and mentors that often become the most treasured of the memorable shared experiences PEAK relationships are built on. “Best event yet!” is how mentor and longtime PEAK supporter Doug Bacon described PEAK’s morning cooking class at The Chopping Block in March. As they ate their finished quiche and crepes, Chef Matt Woolf mesmerized PEAK upperclassman by recounting how discovering his culinary calling led to academic and then professional success, against the odds. Many of PEAK’s outings are about exposure to new experiences – such as indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, which our freshmen and sophomores tried this month. For many PEAK

A Winning Formula: UIC-Bound Sisters Plan to Study Chemistry

As identical twins, Karen and Ingrid Diaz are best friends. That means that their mentors – Brigid Daugherty Fox, an Associate Attorney at the law firm Quarles and Brady, and Jen Allen, a Senior Director at FTI Consulting – are in this together. “What PEAK did for the sisters is to help them be more independent,” said Brigid, Karen’s mentor. Karen used to feel very nervous about going on to college when they first started talking about it. A visit to their mentors' downtown offices was a game-changer for both sisters. “Seeing these huge buildings and people – women – going in and out of them to jobs, that exposure helped them to find direction.” Just months away from walking in cap and gown

Cooking and Climbing

Mentors and scholars tried their hand at learning something new together at our latest mentor/scholar outing. Juniors and seniors joined their mentors in the kitchen for a cooking class at the Chopping Block, while freshmen and sophomores and their mentors got active with rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders. One longtime mentor called it the "best event yet."

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