Project: VISION’s mission is to help youth of Chicago’s Chinatown, Bridgeport, and surrounding communities achieve their full potentials by providing them with tools for educational, personal, and civic development.
Our overall goals include:
Helping youth overcome barriers to success and gain equal access to education and ultimately career opportunities.
Equipping youth with skills, confidence, and sense of social responsibility that empowers them to give back to the community and become future leaders.
Providing a safe space where community youth can come together to support each other and share in common identities and experiences.
Advocating for access to resources and opportunities our youth need to succeed.
We know under-resourced youths face many challenges and are more vulnerable, often less likely to graduate high school and college. They are less college and workplace ready and therefore have limited career prospects. Project: VISION‘s programs aim to help level the playing field for all youth aspiring to reach their goals.
In 2003, a group of young professionals, students, and community volunteers saw a need for community youth to have a space to call their own. Project: VISION was brought to life by the group’s collective goals to provide youth with positive role models and positive activities that build a foundation for youth to reach their full potentials. Since then, Project: VISION has reached over 600 youth with its free after school programs. Last year, we served over 165 youth, providing over 29,000 hours of service and helping them succeed:
100%Promote to the next grade on time
100%Graduate high school on time
100%Are accepted into college
90%serve the community by learning about issues and volunteering their time
95%are striving to become leaders by engaging in the community and working toward becoming college and career ready
Project: VISION celebrated the holiday season with new and familiar faces at our second annual Holiday Open House . . .read more
We are excited to report the relaunch of HAPPY or Health Awareness Prevention & Promotion by Youth. It is a leadership program that focuses on health and medical sciences . . .read more
Young Diverse Leaders of Chicago kicked off last month with an introductory session between our students and the business professionals who volunteered to mentor our students! YDLC is a new program done in collaboration with the Chinese Mutual Aid Association . . .read more