About The Academy Group

The Academy Group provides hundreds of youth the opportunity to go from the excluded to the exceptional. Fueled by profits from businesses founders Mark and Kimbra Walter have contributed, the Academy Group provides academic support, mentoring and work experience to scholars during a 14-year-journey from fourth grade to career. 

Our Stories

Dominique runs her own radio station and she’s the finance director for a local nonprofit that’s reducing gun violence on Chicago’s South Side. She plans to become a Chief Finance Officer for a Fortune 500 company.


Carlos owns a clothing line, and he tells us that his sights are set on scaling his business through sheer determination. He knows his family and school can’t afford him the same preparation that’s available to young people his age in more affluent communities, but he’s undeterred.


Taofeeq, the son of Nigerian parents who immigrated to America, dreams of becoming a pilot and then plans to own an airline that offers affordable international flights for families of immigrants.


Our Corporate Partners

We’re pleased to partner with a range of companies and institutions to provide internship opportunities for our exceptional young people. Our current partners include:

United Airlines

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cleveland Avenue

CFI Partners

Ariel Investments

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

Rather than provide a pathway for some young people to succeed despite all odds,
we are changing the odds entirely.

Together, we will transform the way the nation sees diverse talent:

From the Exception to the Exceptional