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Phoenix Rising
Free Summer Enrichment Program !


Every summer NLCP sends freshmen, sophomores and juniors to colleges, universities and internships all over the country, for summer enrichment programs  in places like Illinois Wesleyan, Ithaca College, Syracuse, Exeter, Miami of Ohio and the University of Iowa, (all places our students will attend this summer).

College experiences !

NLCP pays for everything.  It costs students nothing - except courage, daring and resilience. Parents pay a similar price.  For the past couple of years, between 150 - 180 students participated in PHOENIX RISING.  This year our goal is 250 students.

Accounting leaders of tomorrow

PHOENIX RISING has been so successful in helping our kids prepare for college that it is now a graduation requirement for the Class of 2017 and beyond.  For this year’s freshmen, every student must participate in PHOENIX RISING at least one summer in order to graduate.

Girlfriends Program Booth at the Fair.

At the end of January NLCP held a PHOENIX RISING fair - at which Phoenix Rising graduates were available to talk about the programs they participated in, and the great experiences that they had.

We often suggest and direct our students to attend PHOENIX RISING at our “best fit” colleges - competitive colleges at which prior NLCP graduates have had great success.  Many of our graduates are accepted to colleges they have already attended as PHOENIX RISING participants. PHOENIX RISING is one of NLCP's great institutional innovations.  It transforms lives.

So, no staying put this summer!  Help our kids discover what hard work is relative to the whole world and not just Independence Boulevard.  Help them discover the world beyond 60623.  Help their families practice for college.  Help our students learn that they will bloom at any college lucky enough to welcome them this summer.




Civic Action Phoenix Class

On December 18th, nearly 180 North Lawndale community members crowded into the Christiana campus of North Lawndale College Prep  for an active discussion about conflict and violence in the community - and the ways that Dr. King's principles of nonviolence might help.

NLCP students put Dr. King's nonviolence principles into practice each day at NLCP as they build our peaceful "beloved community."

Mr. Smith's CAPs class at Christiana decided earlier in the fall that teaching parents and families the principles they learn at NLCP might make a difference - and be the best way for them to help their community.

The students then went to work.  They planned the night.  They came up with incentives to spur participation.  They made 100s of personal calls to parents.  They checked parents in, answered questions, and led all the workshops for the evening.  They even wrote their own grant request to cover all the costs - and got it!

On a cold December night, the students led some amazing and interesting conversations about conflict and alternative ways to address it.  Then they all sat down and broke bread together, as a community.  It was refreshing to behold - and particularly wonderful for the students to see so many families responding positively to what they had to share.

Overall - a heartwarming night and experience.  Nothing like intentional youth activism making some real hope in a gritty world.

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!


Make sure you attend your orientation to get all the information on the exciting year we have planned.


9th Grade - Class of 2018 Orientation

Wednesday, August 13 - Thursday, August 21


10th Grade - Class of 2017

Wednesday, August 20 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Collins Campus


11th Grade - Class of 2016

Tuesday, August 19 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Collins


12th Grade - Class of 2015

Monday, August 18 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Collins

Tuesday, August 19 - Thursday, August 21 as assigned