Project: VISION – Support for community youths

Project: VISION – Support for community youths

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.

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The Learning Center

The Learning Center

In late December, I had the privilege to visit the The Learning Center, a non-profit providing free adult education in the North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods.

Through a partnership with Malcolm X College, they help students improve reading, writing and math skills while also preparing some for the GED test. The Learning Center also offers employment assistance, and financial and education counseling.

Just from one conversation with Marilu, the director of The Learning Center, you can see the passion and dedication that people like her and countless others in Chicago put forth to help ones in need. It is truly inspirational.

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