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Chicago's Male Urban Prep Academy Sending EACH Of Its GRADS Off To College...AGAIN!

Chicago's Urban Prep Academy (an all-male charter school) just pulled a THREE-PEAT announcing that ALL of their graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges! Get the deets on this fabulous feat inside.....

Some folks have no faith in the educational system, but Urban Prep Academy on Chicago's south side must be doing something right.   Once again, 100% of its 2012 graduating seniors are heading off to college in the fall. And by the way, this school is the only all-Black, all-male public prep school in Chicago!

This is the third year in a row that the school has achieved the feat thanks to hard working teachers, dedicated parents, and of course...the amazing students.

The school started with kids whose futures had been left for dead by their public schools: Only four percent of the school's incoming freshmen were reading at grade level when they arrived on campus.

Urban Prep CEO Tim King says the school is so successful because of dedication, saying:

"We devote time and energy to those students so that they understand they can do well and they can have success if they modify their behavior."

And don't assume this is just a fluke.  83 percent of Urban Prep's 2010 graduating class re-enrolled for a second year of college.  Now this is good ish.

Loves it and congrats to the fellas!

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Where is al sharpton ? jesse

Where is al sharpton ? jesse jackson ? baisden, harvey ? smiley and west ? Where is their out cry that this is not being COVERED in main stream media ? TOO BLACK ? TOO STRONG ? mm hmm ...
Dennis C. Latham's picture

My first comment would not go

My first comment would not go through...humm wonder why. This is a great story but why did the author have to curse & use the word "ish". Do you have to be ghetto in everything! Some other young woman with no self respect is talking about her sex life with someone she met on a dating site! What does that have to do with this article, and these men making something out of their lives! Use some kind of self restraint & try to have a little bit of class.Some of these people posting comments are an embarrassment.
Anonymous's picture

This is the first time I have

This is the first time I have been to this site, and the way this article is written & some of the comments are disgusting! These kids have made progress & the person who wrote this used the word "ish"! What is wrong with you! To make it even worse some young woman with no self respect is talking about meeting someone on a dating site & their sex life! I see why black people can't seem to get anywhere some of us have to defile everything, you're disgusting.
Why Are You Cursing's picture

If only most of our Black

If only most of our Black males could do this. But, either way, I'm proud of all of them.
Derrick's picture

You missed the biggest

You missed the biggest part...they were left for dead by the school system. that means they were the blackmales you are eluding to. Next, the dedication the new school gives them. if the school system ( which most of the blackmales you are refering to attend) offered the same kind of dedication and support....this school would not be needed!
Anonymous's picture

Wow, that's great! :) Love

Wow, that's great! :) Love reading things like this.
Anonymous's picture

Simply...AWESOME!

Simply...AWESOME!
VnD's picture

God Bless those children and

God Bless those children and thier families. This is amazing. For all of those passing judgement on the school and it accomplishments GTFOH. Obviously, you are not raising any children today. Times have definitely gotten worst as it relates to education. The education system is more about $$$ than who actually cares for the students. My child is in the 6th grade and an honor student. If it were not for her father and I working together as a team she would be in the left behind stats. We are divorced but co-parent. But it is hard as HELL out here. Let's GOOOOOO CONGRATS TO THE STUDENTS, THEIR PARENTS, TEACHERS. LEADERSHIP, AND COMMUNITY FOR SUCCESS.
Anonymous's picture

I think the black community

I think the black community harms itself by celebrating things like this with respect to black males. Graduating from high school should be the norm. Going on to college should be the norm. Being a black male with a career should be the norm. Being a real father should be the norm. The fact that a lot of black males don't do those things doesn't change the fact that they're societal norms and we need to hold ourselves to the same if not a higher standard as everyone else. We, as a community, offer praise for people that are simply taking care of business rather than those that are doing something exceptional and I worry that we're lowering the bar in the process. Re-defining the normal as exceptional can give people the impression that they've made it when the real bar is actually ten rungs higher. Save the celebration for the mountaintop...we've still got lots of work to do.
Anonymous's picture

I agree with you, but the

I agree with you, but the point is, what school, majority black, white, or other have you ever heard of with 100% graduation AND College acceptance rate?
Anonymous's picture

You have a chip on your

You have a chip on your shoulder and it is weighing you down. The small celebrations ARE the way for any male student that cannot read at grade level, to become a successful adult. This is not lowering any bar, to give praise when due! The standard you are holding up for all to see is one of perfection and no one can live up to that! If you haven't fallen off your pedestal yet, brace yourself. You are living in the clouds if you think that normal for you is normal for everyone else, no matter what race or ethnicity. To hold yourself to any higher standard than the rest of us humans, is to set yourself up for failure! Failure in getting some good points across, failure in carrying a lighter burden and failure to actually stay on the ladder to the mountaintop at all. The bar is getting raised for everyone! In this untimely transition of some going from haves to have-nots, and others getting on with their life, heads held high, regardless of what they have or don't have, the fact that these kids accomplished this is no small feat! I know because I teach in an urban middle school. I applaud the teachers and the drive they instilled in these students to keep going! No, you cannot take that away from them! You don't have that power! You see, it isn't about race, it is about a desire to overcome obstacles, not just complain about them, blame them, use them to lean on and stay put, -at the bottom of the educational landfill. It isn't about business or taking care of it. I trust that you will find the supportive love that must have gone missing in your growing days, to be so cold about success now... .
Anonymous's picture

your argument is a little

your argument is a little redundant... it seems like you have never built anything from the ground up. Anything, be it a business, a church, a family, or even a sculpture has small achivements before final success.. you celebrate any achievement as minute as it seems!! because those small things are what eventually get you to the top..at the end of the day THESE boys are going to college all of them!THEY have made it! lets congratulate them and encourage emulation and that way we will get to the "mountain-top" as you so put it.
Anonymous's picture

Yes it should be a norm,

Yes it should be a norm, however it isn't therefore when there is success within the community it should be celebrated. You may not know it but you are "black bashing" the Black community with your comments. Also you do you thing you are disrespecting a young group of men on the right path of life.
Anonymous's picture

Anon, I definitely agree with

Anon, I definitely agree with the underlining message you are saying here. But unfortunately statistically, business is NOT being taken care of. So if celebrating "small victories" is what it takes to get everyone else on the right path, then I have no problem with commending those individuals who are doing positive things and "taking care of business" as you say. It is alright to celebrate and simultaneously remind that there will be higher obstacles to face and harder conquests. Life is short, let us remember not to diminish "small victories."
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kellyyy's picture

fantastic!

fantastic!
Tall Tales's picture

Congratulations to all the

Congratulations to all the young men. Job well done!
Anonymous's picture

god is still good what a

god is still good what a wonderful sight to see there is still hope for my grandchildren keep up the good work
annette's picture

I love you not because of who

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. rαce, cOl0r or αge. aren't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers.❤❤ Don‘t try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to. Are you single? I can help you to find a lover.❤❤ Wanna find AN I-NTERRACIAL R-ELATION-SHIP??? Here is a very nice co-mmunity ~~~~ ----- m'i'x'ed M'A'T'C'H' i n 'g '. c 'o 'M '--==~~~~ It's where black white sing-les looking for someone to enjoy their lifestyle with. Come in and stay a while. Complete your profile. Post a message, a picture of yourself and check out the photo galleries. Give it a try, you will find someone you like here - ;)??____{{{ mixed=M A T C H ing=.co*m }}},❤❤ --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------- --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------- --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------- --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m --------
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Yes yes yes!!! Happy you guys

Yes yes yes!!! Happy you guys posted this!!! I went here, I am part of the first graduating class in 2010! I am so thrilled to see the amount of success our high school has accomplished in the past 6 years. We need more attention about things like this in the world concerning our black men. I am definitely a proud alum!
Deontae Moore's picture

To be young, gifted, and

To be young, gifted, and black. That's where it's at.
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PEOPLE THIS IS NOT NATASHA'S

PEOPLE THIS IS NOT NATASHA'S JOB TO POST POSTIVE THINGS ON THIS WEBSITE. THIS A GOSSIP WEBSITE YALL STUPID IDIOTS. IF WANT TO SEE POSITVE BLOGS LIKE THIS GO ON BLACK AMERICA. COM THAT IS WHAT THAT SITE IS FOR TO POST POSITVE THINGS. THIS IS NOT NATASHA'A RESPONSIBILITIES TO POST THESE KINDS OF STORIES. THERE OTHER POSITIVE BLACK WEBSITES THAT POST STUFF LIKE THIS. WHY DON'T YALL LOOK IT UP YOU DUMMIES. NATASHA THIS IS A BLACK CELEBRITY GOSSIP SITE AND IT'S YOUR JOB TO EXPLAIN THIS TO YOUR BLOGGERS. IF YOU'RE GOING TO POST SOMETHING POSITVE, POST ABOUT "CELEBRITIES" DOING POSITVE THINGS IN THE COMMUNITIES. POST ABOUT 50 CENT'S ORGANIZATION OR DENZEL WASHINGTON'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA. THIS IS NOT BLACK NEWS.COM THIS SITE IS ABOUT CELEBRITIES AND CELEBRITES ONLY. NATASHA DON'T DO THIS SHIT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

That's good twenty cent but

That's good twenty cent but this is much BETTA!.... Than it's ha BIRTHDAY! Lol
Anonymous's picture

YES!! As a black male in

YES!! As a black male in America, I am so proud of the young fellas. We need more of us in the corporate world, board rooms, government, hospitals as doctors, etc... engineers, etc...
Fab5's picture

AMAZING. This is the post of

AMAZING. This is the post of the year!
Anonymous's picture

Now this is the WAY to DO it

Now this is the WAY to DO it BIG!
Anonymous's picture

phenomenal

phenomenal
Truth!'s picture

This is a Wonderful Story to

This is a Wonderful Story to Report on, Right On, Young Black Men of Chicago Urban Prep Academy! I Love to Read Stories that Highlight our Young, Intelligent Black Men; Thank you YBF!
Nicole's picture

I love stories like this.

I love stories like this. Look how happy they are in this picture, how they have their whole future gleaming bright in front of them. Wonderful, thanks YBF.
Twilightey's picture

AMEN YOUNG BLACK BROTHERS!!

AMEN YOUNG BLACK BROTHERS!! SO PROUD OF YA'LL AND TOO HAPPY TO SEE THIS POST!! MORE POSTIVITY NATASHA, THIS MADE MY DAY!! THIS IS WHY I AM IN GRADUATE SCHOOL TO BECOME AN EDUCATOR!! DO BIG THINGS YOUNG BLACK MEN!!
BLACKEDUCATEDGIFTED's picture

Thanks Natasha! This is the

Thanks Natasha! This is the kind of post I want to read.
Luanda's picture

This just proves once again

This just proves once again that with the right school administration, committed teachers, professional mentors and students determined to learn and be successful that it can be done! How wonderful and inspirational for this to be happening in a community where there is much despair,many abandoned buildings,drugs,gangs and a high percentage of teen pregnancies. I wish this school,staff and it's students much continued success in the future!!
customcalendars4u2's picture

Now this is what you call

Now this is what you call YOUNG, BLACK & FABULOUS!!
Anonymous's picture

Congratulations to the young

Congratulations to the young men!!! They are our future!!!
Crickett's picture

I love you not because of who

I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. rαce, cOl0r or αge. aren't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers.❤❤ Don‘t try so hard, the best things come when you least expect them to. Are you single? I can help you to find a lover.❤❤ Wanna find AN I-NTERRACIAL R-ELATION-SHIP??? Here is a very nice co-mmunity ~~~~ ----- m'i'x'ed M'A'T'C'H' i n 'g '. c 'o 'M '--==~~~~ It's where black white sing-les looking for someone to enjoy their lifestyle with. Come in and stay a while. Complete your profile. Post a message, a picture of yourself and check out the photo galleries. Give it a try, you will find someone you like here - ;)??____{{{ mixed=M A T C H ing=.co*m }}},❤❤ --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------- --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------- --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------- --- ------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m -------------------------------------------------- MixedMatching.c0m --------
Aandsgswzymous's picture

SPAM!

SPAM!
Anonymous's picture

Beautiful post!!! Congrats to

Beautiful post!!! Congrats to all the hardworking positive young Black men! Black people: we can accomplish anything we want. How can we focus our energy & talent toward creating more schools like this?
Anonymous's picture

love to see post like this

love to see post like this on the site!!! i love it! congrats guys!
Anonymous's picture

I am 23 yo black woman and

I am 23 yo black woman and this makes me so proud and I feel really good. We need to see more of this on this site thats named THE YOUNG BLACK & FABULOUS. I am truly proud to be married to a wonderful black man.
T's picture

❤❤ I'm Female, 22, and just

❤❤ I'm Female, 22, and just this Christmas had a brief encounter with a mature man. ??It was wonderful. We met via internet dating on this site: ---[Mi XedM α TCHing. C óM ]-It's where black white sing-les looking for someone to enjoy their lifestyle with. Come in and stay a while. Complete your profile. Post a message, a picture of yourself and check out the photo galleries. Give it a try, you will find someone you like here - ;) a good way to meet like-minded people, and he actually approached me first. It just so happens I like black man and he likes whtie woman around my age. We had an amazing day and later on he joined me at a hotel. It was like a fantasy come true. Amazing company, amazing sex too and a really warm and loving man. He will turn 36 this month, and my goodness what a connection we had that day..?? You could meet her/him at *** .?? --- m'i'x'ed M'A'T'C'H' i n 'g '_c(0)m---.❤❤
Anonvdvocus's picture

Awesome!!!!

Awesome!!!!
Anonymous's picture

I tune in to YBF every day.

I tune in to YBF every day. This is such a PLEASANT SURPRISE! Please continue to regularly post stories like this PLEASE. Positive, progressive vibes mixed in with the fluff. amazing!
Anonymous's picture

To god be the glory!!!!! This

To god be the glory!!!!! This is wonderful news. Truly proud :0)
Truly blessed's picture

To god be the glory!!!!! This

To god be the glory!!!!! This is wonderful news. Truly proud :0)
Truly blessed's picture

To god be the glory!!!!! This

To god be the glory!!!!! This is wonderful news. Truly proud :0)
Truly blessed's picture

These young black men will go

These young black men will go on to do great things. I'm proud of you. Congrats!
Martine 's picture

This makes me believe and

This makes me believe and have hope that we black people will overcome all of our struggles and will come on top one day. Stay strong, let's continue to persevere. YES, WE CAN.
Naija's picture

So Obama isn't at the top?

So Obama isn't at the top? Wake up! It IS tomorrow!
Anonymous's picture

Looking good.

Looking good.
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