Empower Illinois began as a research and policy organization. Knowing Illinois and its students are capable of amazing things, Empower Illinois looks for new ways to support students. Our team identified several areas where we could have a positive impact:
|The under-identification of low-income students and students of color as gifted.|
|The insufficient support for students with unique abilities.|
|The lack of course offerings to students across diverse learning environments.|
|The limited access low-income and working-class families have to the same education opportunities as their wealthier peers, and career-focused education pathways.
We are proud of the research, policy development, and grassroots advocacy that helped create laws, such as the Invest in Kids Act, the law that makes Illinois’ Tax Credit Scholarship possible. As we continue to focus on education opportunity and ingenuity in service of Illinois’ children, we hope you will join us.