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Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Urban Prep Academies
Urban Prep Academies
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The mission of Urban Prep is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality college preparatory education to young men that results in graduates succeeding in college.
This mission is a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and coll...
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Urban Prep Founder & CEO, Tim King, testified on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism & Homeland Security about the gang violence plaguing our communities and impacting our young men.
discussed the incessant gun-related incidents of violence seen in Chicago this year, and the supports needed to help thwart this crisis not just in Chicago, but on a national level.
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Tim King - Founder & CEO, Urban Prep Academies
Founder & CEO, Urban Prep Academies
Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies.
Before launching Urban Prep, Tim was President & CEO of Hales Franciscan High School, an independent Catholic school serving African-American boys on Chicago's South Side.
was the first lay and youngest President in the school's history.
Tim has been involved in education in some capacity his entire professional career including stints as instructor at the high-school, community college, and university levels as well as serving as a founding Board member of the Alain Locke Charter Academy-one of Chicago's highest performing public elementary schools.
As a fourth generation Chicagoan, Tim
has continued his
family's longstanding commitment to civic involvement in the city.
He has been a member of several organizations including 21st Century Urban Schools, The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Economic Club of Chicago, Leadership Greater Chicago, The Field Museum of Natural History, The Chicago Legal Aid Clinic, and The Donors Forum of Chicago among others.
Tim is also an instructor at Northwestern University in the subjects of Philanthropy and Urban Education.
An avid writer and public speaker, Tim
is a contributor to the Chicago Tribune
and has lectured to many groups.
was selected by ABC World News
as "Person of the Week", Ebony Magazine
as one of "30 Leaders of the Future" and Crain's
Chicago Business for its annual "40 Under 40" list.
Tim was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as other elected officials and community groups, have recognized him for his work with youth.
Tim earned a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Georgetown University.
He completed additional studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and at the University of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr. Walcott and Denise, his wife, have four children: Dejeanne, Dana, Shatisha and Timmy; and two grandsons, Justin and Gavin.
Chicagoans of the Year 2010: Tim ...
Chicagoans of the Year 2010: Tim King
Members of Tim King's family have been going to college for three generations, so it wasn't unusual for him to attend Georgetown University and earn bachelor's and law degrees.
But what King most wanted to do was show other young African American men the path to, and the rewards of, a college education.
knew the odds.
Before he launched Urban Prep Academy, an all-male charter public high school in Englewood, 60 percent of Chicago's young black males were dropping out of school and fewer than 3 percent were completing college.
believed that an intense academic regimen, paired with the cultivation of social skills and an injection of self-confidence, could point those same young men toward lifelong success.
"We could change generations," King
"We could change not only these young men's lives, but the lives of their descendants-the life of this country."
King's idea for an all-male high school was rejected twice by the Chicago Board of Education, even though he had spent five years as president of Hales Franciscan High School in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood.
persisted, and in 2005, with his
third application, he
got the go-ahead.
At Urban Prep
, King's persistence remains a touchstone.
"Mr. King never gave up on his idea, so we don't give up on ours," says Robert Lee Henderson III, a member of the inaugural freshman class.
"Black boys in particular have real struggles with feeling respected by society," says King
"People can now look at young men like these and know that it can be done," King
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Tim King, president and CEO, Urban Prep Academies for Young Men