Mission: Our mission is to inspire hope and purpose in young people through access to academic, economic and social enrichment opportunities.
Programs: The manhood development program was the founding program of pro-vision and was designed to teach young men moral and purposeful living through close mentoring relationships with adult coaches. Through activities that involve mental moral challenges, recreational activities, cultural awareness and community service projects, young men learn about respect, consideration and taking responsibility for their own life choices. In addition, young men are exposed to opportunities such as lifeskill learning, debate education, and healthy living that allow them to grow into productive and contributing citizens of their communities.
the job enterprise program taps the potential of youth in the community, inspiring and encouraging them to move from dependency to self-reliance. Participants are guided through every aspect of becoming a responsible worker and valued member of the community, and receive ongoing feedback on their job skills and progress. The job enterprise academy builds its successes on the positive relationships that are forged between corporate partners and student leaders. The program defines a corporate partner as any community organization or business which has the capacity to not only provide summer employment, but to also develop character in students ranging from age 16 to 19. These corporate partnerships can span from blue collar to white collar opportunities. Pro-vision also uses an urban farm as part of this program. The urban farm is meant to be a social enterprise as well as teaching the value of positive community engagement and the importance of allocating resources for self-sufficiency. The participants who work on the urban farm are guided through different aspects of becoming responsible workers. Among a number of learned skills are marketing, accounting, sustainable land use practices and design. The learning that happens on the farm is beneficial to all students, no matter their desired vocation.
Pro-Vision has been around for 24 years and has helped many young men change their lives. Even though that’s easily said, to actually see that in action speaks volumes. I’ve had the opportunity to interview, sit with and speak with some of the individuals who have participated in one of the core programs that Pro-Vision provides and was founded on, The Manhood Development Program. Many of the young men state that they would not have been contributing citizens in society had it not been for the direction and support that they received from the instructors, mentors and volunteers. Some of the participants were so impacted that they felt the need to come back and be part of the movement that causes change and become instructors and mentors themselves. In 24 years, approximately 4,000 lives have been touched by Pro-Vision. You can be part of the Pro-Vision movement as well, go to their website and support financially or with your time!