Youth Program Overview

VAI’s Youth Program has served 200 students in its year-round after school and summer programming. The program offers a variety of affordable resources including nutritious meals, academic support, computer literacy, mentorship, sports, arts, field trips and family engagement socials. Through partnerships with Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University and After School Matters, we are able to provide quality programming to the Uptown community. 

Our program’s mission is to empower future leaders by providing enriching, culturally competent programming and experiences that foster personal growth and expand one’s worldview. 

For more information regarding VAI’s Youth Program, please contact Youth Program Assistant Manager Sandra Ortiz at

Youth of the Month

Throughout the year, students (pre-k through 5th, 6th-8th) can earn the title of Youth of the Month. Individuals who demonstrate leadership, work diligently on school work, actively participate in programs and go above and beyond are considered for Youth of the Month.  

Fall 2019: Aaron A, Titi, Edwin S, Caleb    

Spring 2020: Haset, Christian, Adrienne, Jennifer, Jason R, Matthew