Freshman Connection Donation

The first step to a successful high school experience is Freshman Connection.

Freshman Connection is a summer program offered to all rising freshmen. Freshman Connection is held for two weeks in July, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-12pm daily, at Jones College Prep. This experience helps build the culture of unity and inclusion that characterizes the student body.

Because Chicago Public Schools no longer funds Freshman Connection, Friends of Jones works diligently – year round – to raise funds so that EVERY JCP FRESHMAN can attend. But we need your help.

To be clear: the cost of Freshman Connection is paid for solely by donations from parents and guardians.

The cost of the 2016 Freshman Connection program was approximately $65,000. In order to cover the cost, the suggested family donation is $250. Any amount you are able to donate is welcome and appreciated. If you are able, please consider making a donation above the suggested amount in order to provide this program to all our students.

Through your generous donations, Friends of Jones will be able to provide this experience to all incoming freshmen – regardless of their ability to donate.

Whether or not you can donate, you must REGISTER your student to attend Freshman Connection. This may be done at a TBD date in March at

After REGISTRATION, you will be asked to donate using the “DONATE NOW” button. Or you may click on

If you wish to donate by check, make your check payable to Friends of Jones and mail to:

Jones College Prep
C/O FOJ Freshman Connection Donation
700 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60606.

We look forward to meeting your student in July. Go Eagles!