Project: VISION was founded in 2003 by a group of five young professionals, students, and community volunteers: Kirsten Chan, Karen Chiu, Vincent Kwan, Sheri So, and Karen Tam. Each had a passion for education and youth development and saw the need for teens in the neighborhood to have a safe place to call their own, where they can find support and guidance as they navigate through high school and pave a path for a bright future.
With the help of an all-volunteer team, the idea came to life. In the fall of 2004, PV piloted a drop-in homework tutoring program in borrowed space in the Chinatown Library and the Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport, serving 20-30 students each week. Since then, PV has reached over 600 youths with free after school programs including tutoring, college and career readiness workshops, service learning, and leadership training.
Project: VISION is founded and incorporated as an Illinois not-for-profit organization.
Project: VISION obtains 501(c)3 status.
Project: VISION moves into its own space at 2734 South Wentworth.
Project: VISION moves into a larger space at 2301 South Archer, and an official Board of Directors is established.
Project: VISION is awarded its first grant from the Springboard Foundation, which supports small grassroots after school programs in Chicago. The grant supported a Program Coordinator and additional tutors.
Project: VISION receives its first grant from the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and also becomes one of six youth agencies in Chicago to be included in Exelon Corporation’s Stay in School Initiative. For the first time, PV creates a comprehensive high school program, the High School Scholars Program.
Project: VISION kicks off its 10th school year and serves 140 youth over the course of the school year.
Project: VISION moves to a larger, safer, and more accessible location in the heart of Chinatown at 236 W. 22nd Place.
Project: VISION pilots an after school ELL tutoring program for 6th-8th graders at our neighborhood elementary school, John C. Haines.