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Vision Youth Program: Transforming the Lives of At-Risk Youth

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $993,500)

This project will support Vision Youth, a program that equips high risk youth (ages 6-18) with improved academic and life skills and increased developmental assets. The Vision Youth program includes personal and academic mentoring, character education, and life skills training. Family services include parent groups, consulations and referrals to services. Funds will be used to support activities in both Appalachia (Barbour County, WV) and the Seattle/Tacoma, WA communities. Specific activities include hiring a national education consultant to enhance the educational component of the Vision Youth program, and establishing a youth vocational training center in Appalachia.


The purpose of this project is to transform the lives of high-risk young people nationally, especially those residing in economically disadvantaged communities in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; West Virginia; and New York City. Vision Youth will facilitate the provision of one-on-one mentoring, and educational enhancement, and life-skills training that will increase the developmental assets of these youth. Project goals are 1) improved academic performance by at-risk children and youth; and 2) reduction of other identified individual-based risk factors that keep these youth from reaching their full potential and being able to break the generational cycle of poverty. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2003