our background and our purpose

Project: VISION was an idea conceived by a group of young professionals, students, and volunteers who saw a need for community youth to have a place to call their own. In Fall 2004, with the help of a few volunteers and borrowed space from the Chicago Public Library and Valentine Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport, Project: VISION piloted its first tutoring program. Since then, our programs have reached over 500 youths, while remaining primarily volunteer-run and continuing to provide all programs free to youth.

It’s a common misconception that Asian American students already excel academically, and therefore, these communities have little need for tutoring and after school programs. The truth is, every community has an underserved population and we are no exception.

Who We Serve

Our youth are between the ages of 12 and 21 from the Chinatown, Bridgeport, and surrounding neighborhoods.

96% Chinese American, reflecting the area’s demographics

96% are enrolled in Chicago Public Schools

90% are from first-generation immigrant families

70% would be the first in their families to attend college