Organizations that focus on development and support of youths are pillars in Chicago’s communities. Project: VISION is one such nonprofit organization that helps youths in the Chinatown and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Last month we had a chance to talk about Project: VISION with its executive director, Karen Chiu, and development coordinator, Sandy Guan.
Project: VISION was founded in 2003 by Chiu and four fellow co-founders. Chiu, a physician, was an active community volunteer in the Chinatown neighborhood in which she grew up. After volunteering for a youth program in between years at medical school, the experience gave her the idea of providing services for youth development in Chinatown and neighboring Bridgeport. Project: VISION focuses specifically on helping adolescents in the 12-18 year old range. Programs offered include after school homework tutoring, college workshops and ACT prep classes. In addition to these educational services, Project: VISION also creates programs to encourage students to get involved in community service and to develop leadership skills.