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Midwest college project

Be More, Want More, Do More

Since 2010, this has been the mantra for 1200+ Midwest minority high school, and alumni college students looking to Grow & Go. The road hasn’t been easy for students with Covid-19, limited access to resources, transportation barriers, rising crime, and gun violence, and 23 million families suffering from  job loss over the last year. 

However, the Midwest College Project has held fast to its mission to raise winners and seeks to continue by providing access to career and college planning programing, scholarships for disadvantaged youth, mental health resources, program thrust to support more women and girls, additional staff to meet our rising program demands, companion professional skill training for parents, and a new set of dedicated organizational wheels to ensure MCP students have safe, and consistent passage to meetings, activities, and tours.

Midwest College Project Founder and CEO


We are excited to announce Grow & Go University! Grow & Go University is a national program that creates opportunities and pathways towards successful careers for students in 10th-12th grade....

Our Story

While working at a variety of the top medical schools in the country helping design their curriculum, founder Jacqueleen Crittle saw an opportunity to enlighten her daughters about the various academic settings and careers available to them while they were only 13 & 14 yrs of age. As word spread of their touring and shadowing experiences, tons of other parents started asking for support. Crittle was appalled by the level of various pain points that parents and young adults were experiencing and saw the disparity in the resources made readily available to minority students in particular. She knew there was a better way to help these individuals stay informed. Since launch in 2010 MCP has grown to support 1200+ students across the state Illinois and tons of others globally via remote access during the pandemic.



Our Mission

Established in Oct 2010, the Midwest College Project, Inc. (MCP) has functioned as a nonprofit dedicated to career and college planning for minority high school students. Over the last decade programming has evolved to be centered around a new mission and focus supported by our own Grow & Go philosophy. Grow & Go is a deep desire to want more, do more, and be more. The ability to navigate life independently and move into future careers will help our students become successful young adults.

After proudly serving 1300+ young adults, we are launching a new phase of programming to make an even greater impact.


We are excited to announce Grow & Go University! Grow & Go University is a national program that creates opportunities and pathways towards successful careers for students in 10th-12th grade.

Our mission is to expand their vision of who they can be while helping shape their professional future. We prepare high school students by providing them with ICF coaches, mentors, internships, specialized training in professional development, communication strategy, resume writing, pitch development, plus LinkedIn personal branding. The combination support and guidance increase their self-esteem and gives them the knowledge and skills they need to propel them to achieve greatness.

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Resumes Created

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The Road to Raising A Winner via The Grow & Go Theory

I love MCP! The Grow & Go Theory is motivating and captivating. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss. It’s a journey of sparkle and shine that puts a smile on everyone’s face. It’s a commitment of dedication; your word is your bond. Over the last 6 years, I have had the pleasure of witnessing my two sons actively participate in MCP’s Grow & Go. From Volunteering, Networking and Internship Opportunities as well as Fundraisers, College Tours, Toastmasters and ACT Preparation Courses, etc. just to name a few. It enhances the way to go; your self-management and communication skills. Grow & Go isn’t just a theory for MCP families, it’s a life style. Help us continually help other students to Grow & Go. 

-Jebba White

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