In 2014, VAI served over 200 kids. Our Youth Volunteers put in over 3900 hours.
We offer a range of services for youth, including:
- Computer Literacy
- Vocational Counseling
- Personal Mentoring
- Leadership Development
- Cultural and Recreational Activities
We work closely with local schools and parents to provide information and support.
In 2014, VAI’s Youth Program increased its enrollment from the previous year. Most of our participants maintained high marks in school. Three students received the Asian American Youth Leadership Award from the State of Illinois Comptroller.
VAI’s 2014 Summer Program enrolled 105 students, who learned English, Math, and Life Skills with the help of our 32 dedicated Youth Instructors from After School Matters.
But the VAI Youth Program is not just about work; it’s also about play. Our recent field trips included fun at:
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Chicago Children’s Museum
- Foster Beach
- Waveland Bowl
- Chuck E. Cheese
For more information on VAI’s Youth Program, contact Larry!.
BRAVE is an acronym for Building Resilience Against Violence Engagement and is a 4-year project funded by the Office of Minority Health in the federal government and led by Loyola University Chicago. The aim of the project is to reduce the risk of violence for at-risk youth through the provision of tutoring, after-school programming, case management, counseling, parent support, and a summer camp. Two other agencies, Teamwork Englewood and Centro Romero will join VAI in providing services to African-American and Hispanic youth respectively. VAI will focus on working with Asian youth age 12-15. Deborah Ho will be working with VAI Youth Program staff Tony and Demi to provide services to youth already attending the youth program and to recruit more participants.
BRAVE Project CONTACT
For more information on participating in the BRAVE Project:
5110 N Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773)728-3700 ext. 25