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How We
Give Back

At The Ideal Candidate NFP, we are dedicated to empowering Black, Latinx, and under-resourced communities through education and valuable resources. As a non-profit organization, we recognize the systemic barriers faced by these communities and aim to bridge the gap by providing access to essential tools, knowledge, and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

At The Ideal Candidate, we believe in the power of education to transform lives and uplift communities. Our mission is to equip individuals with the skills, resources, and support they need to thrive in today's competitive landscape. Whether it's through workshops, mentorship programs, or access to educational materials, we are committed to leveling the playing field and creating a more equitable society for all.

Join us in our journey to empower and inspire. Together, we can build a brighter future for generations to come.



2023 Microsoft Tech Maker Award,

Microsoft & World Business Chicago

2023 Most Influential Business of the Year

NorthWest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2020 Community Impact Award,

Chicago Community Trust

2020 Community Development Award,

Chicago Housing Authority CHCS

2019 FWD For Women & Diversity Chicago Award,

FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective


Investing in Chicago's 

Future Leaders

Metrics Since Inception:

Ideal Candidate has been able to help support 750 Black and Latine youth graduate from its reach for the stars program, placed black and latine youth in 431 jobs, partnered with 18 hiring partners and 17 education partners, and achieved a $19.3 million value in community impact.


Project Spotlight

Year Completed:



Chicago Public Schools


Senior Tech Day


Long-Term Vision

Intended Outcomes

Ideal Candidate is dedicated to ensuring that more young people of color from Chicago, especially Black and Latine youth, receive educational workforce training, professional development and support, and the opportunity to get placed in well-paying jobs in growing industries. It is our mission to help address systematic racism by acting as an intermediary between young people of color and employers that aspire to be champions of equity.

Our dedicated Executive Board of Directors is comprised of passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds, our board brings together a wealth of expertise and a shared commitment to advancing our mission of empowering Black, Latine, and under-resourced communities.

From experienced educators to business leaders and community advocates, each member of our board brings unique insights and skills to guide our organization forward. Together, we strategize, innovate, and collaborate to create impactful programs and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Are you passionate about social justice, education, and community empowerment?


Join us in our mission by applying to become a part of our Executive Board of Directors.


We welcome individuals who are dedicated, compassionate, and driven to effect positive change. Together, we can amplify our impact and create lasting change in the world.

Join Us

Thank you for your service.

Ja'Shar Hartley

2021 Board Member of the Year

Thank you for your service.

Renita Alexander

Founding Board Member

Thank you for your service.

Josh Georgeff

Career Champion

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