Talent + Opportunity = Amplify

Amplify Overview

The Academy Group sponsored Amplify program is a wealth-building pathway integrating career, leadership, and entrepreneurship for 20 to 26- year-old young men and women from underserved communities that have been disproportionately impacted by violence, criminal activity, economic disruption, and educational disinvestment.

Amplify’s holistic approach to closing the opportunity gap is grounded in transformative relationships and designed to accelerate business, academic, social, and emotional growth. Through the intensive internship and apprenticeship model, participants earn industry credentials, build investment portfolios, address trauma, set personal and professional goals, and transition into career and entrepreneurial pathways.

Amplify Impact

  • 95% attendance rate; 90% graduation rate
  • 92% direct transition into employment following Amplify graduation
  • 100% investing accounts opened
  • 100% on-track to expunge criminal records
  • 2.6 grade level improvement in math


  • Secure growth potential career pathways driven by interests, skills & passions
  • Graduate with wealth-building mindsets, skills and habits
  • Equip themselves to lead lives of freedom, self-determination & economic mobility

Amplify Property Solutions

Amplify understands that employment is necessary, but not sufficient. In 2020, Amplify Property Solutions (APS) was launched. APS is a full-service cleanout, demolition, and deconstruction company. Amplify talent earns a management and ownership stake in the social enterprise.

APS Project Managers are certified with the following nationally recognized credentials:
  • – Hazardous Materials (Hazmat)
  • – OSHA-10
  • – Restoration, Repair & Painting (RRP)
  • – Blueprint Reading
  • – COVID-19 Safety
  • – CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne pathogens/AED

APS recruits & employs Talent from the most resilient communities

  • – APS has employed 20 people full and part-time
  • – 100% are residents from Chicago’s highest crime and unemployment zip codes
  • – 85% have prior criminal justice system involvement
  • – 50% have one or more felony convictions

Amplify Testimonial

“Amplify and the staff have totally impacted me. They helped me realize how important my life is by not giving up on me even when I gave up on myself. They continue to encourage me and coach me through life. I have to get up early [for work] because early is on time. The Amplify staff instilled that in me and that’s how I live my life. They helped give me a focus and a drive and most importantly an opportunity.”

– Jonte Durr, Amplify graduate and APS Project Manager

TWF Social Impact

The Academy Group is part of TWF Social Impact. TWF Social Impact believes all people should have access to an excellent education, that a person’s ZIP code shouldn’t define what they can become, and that having the same access and opportunities as their privileged peers guarantees an equitable possibility of success. Beyond the Academy Group, TWF Social Impact programs include Chicago Beyond, OneGoal, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, and MetroSquash.