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Chicago1000, the first official chapter of Unite1000, is a strategic collective of private and public business sector organizations and individuals pledging support and allegiance to Chicago’s next generation of leaders. The mission of this initiative is to leverage resources of 1,000 influencers for the benefit of providing college scholarships, educational resources and hope to new and current college students in and from Chicago. Together, Chicago1000 and UIC CHANCE will make a tremendous impact in the lives of current and future UIC students.

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Meet Your CHANCE Staff


Assistant Director

Kendal Parker Director

As lead Administrator of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s CHANCE Program I continue to be impressed and inspired by the academic performance and leadership demonstrated by CHANCE Scholars.

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Yuji Toefield Assistant Director

It is indeed an honor to serve as the Assistant Director of Educational Outreach for the CHANCE Program. In my (over 10 years) of working in higher education, my expertise lies in the field of College Recruitment .......

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Academic Coordinator

Education Retention Specialist

Khalilah Young

As Academic Coordinator for the CHANCE Program, I have the opportunity to engage with each and every CHANCE Student who participates in our program. It is indeed an honor to meet and greet each student as I assist them with their personal goals.

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Alicia Sanchez

I serve as the Education Retention Specialist for the CHANCE Program. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and I simply love the city where I reside. I am a proud “Red Bird” who attended Illinois State University where I received both my Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in Social Work.

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Assistant Director

Kevin Gordon

I serve as the Assistant Director of Community Outreach for the CHANCE Program, and I am proud to be a part of such a dynamic team of individuals who go “above and beyond,” the call of duty to help our future leaders through the “maze of life.”

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Phyllis P. Hayes, EdD Founder

Dr. Phyllis P. Hayes founded the UIC CHANCE Program in 2004. An educator in the Chicagoland area her entire career, Dr. Hayes prides herself with ....

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"Every student deserves a CHANCE"

The Mission of the UIC CHANCE Program is to recruit and retain

academically qualified underrepresented candidates from Chicago and

Suburban communities in need of enrichment and learning skills for

admission to UIC and facilitate access to the necessary activities and

professional services that will enable them to persist and graduate as

well as prepare professionals for the 21st century global economy.


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Mailing Address:


The CHANCE Program

University of Illinois at Chicago

1200 West Harrison – MC113

Suite #2080

Chicago, IL 60607

Contact Information:


Phone: (312) 355-5025

Fax: (312) 413-4000

Email: chance@uic.edu

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