OUR MISSION

Our mission is simple yet impactful, to educate and empower promising underserved youth (juveniles) to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens prepared to meet the challenges of the future. Through the implementation of project based learning, our goal is to create relevant learning opportunities — both inside and outside the academic learning environment — that help them develop the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and character necessary to succeed in a technologically advanced world.

WHO WE ARE

The H.J.V.H Project is an initiative designed to bridge the gap between high school and postsecondary plans. We are unique in that we incorporate project-based learning to engage and promote low-income residents, minorities, and first-generation college students to desire a collegiate career and/or employment in a profession that promises livable wages and upward mobility. The project begins with an assessment, followed by the implementation of academic and non-academic supports designed to prepare scholars for a collegiate career and/or to connect successfully with potential employers. The project implements an innovative curriculum that incorporates project based learning, coupled with mentoring, internships, and field studies; where applicants get to experience their chosen profession directly.

OUR VISION

Youth will thrive, regardless of their background, if they are afforded access and exposure to an engaging curriculum and corporate structure that inspire them to lead; while providing mentoring and training in the following areas:

  • Teamwork
  • Project Management
  • Negotiation/Conflict Resolution
  • Goal Setting

The expectation is for participants to take their mastery of these skills and apply them appropriately throughout their chosen career path for the duration of their career.

OUR CORE VALUES

EQUITY 

Our project operates using a system that is equitable, and our primary goal is to teach our participants that we do not all start from the same place and we must acknowledge that in order to learn how to adjust to imbalances. We mentor participants so that they can identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures.

INNOVATION

Our project exposes participants to an engaging curriculum and corporate structure that implements new methods and original ideas, which guarantees advancement.

ACCESS

Our project ensures participants are provided access and exposure to an alternative method to learning that transforms them into productive citizens prepared to enter college and/or the workforce.

TRANSFORMATION

Our project ensures that, if participants complete the program, they will experience a transformation from uninterested in education to learning how to use the world around them to learn, and from unemployable and unmotivated to motivated and employed; in a profession that promises livable wages and upward mobility.