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Project Promise VI

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Project Promise is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth on St. Croix by providing empowerment initiatives, cultural programs, and family services.

Results: The impact that we are having on the pilot group of students participating in our flagship Caterpillar Project is just one small aspect of the impact we are having on our community and world! Through our various programs, we have impacted over 750 students on the island. This year over 300 fifth grade students participated in our Buck Island “Ticket to Ride” Program, and over 400 fourth grade students participated in our Salt River Bay “Open Outdoors for Kids” Program. For most of these students, these field trips were their first opportunity to learn about and visit these beautiful natural treasures. One major highlight of our year was our Summer of Service, an amazing horizon-expanding three-week cross-country road trip across America. The Caterpillars and chaperones visited 18 cities in 14 states. Along the way we completed seven service projects, from rehabilitating gardens and packing meals for Meals on Wheels clients to cleaning animal pens at an animal shelter, helping at a homeless shelter and more. One service project that was particularly meaningful took place in Oklahoma City. The Caterpillars presented the $250 that they had raised in June at the Walk for Awareness for World Refugee Day to a refugee family from Burundi. Our Service Trip Across America was a mind-blowing, life-changing experience for our Caterpillars and the people we met and encountered along the way! For more details and videos, visit https://www.projectpromisevi.com/impact. Community service is at the heart of our program, and as a result, we focused on helping others all year long. Here in St. Croix the Caterpillars completed a wide variety of service projects. For example, in January we partnered with welding students from the St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center to rehabilitate the playground at the Canegata Ballpark. In May, Project Promise donated a total of $1,500 to two public school libraries, which they will use to create reading corners designed to get kids interested in reading. These funds represented 10% of the proceeds from our 2018 Havana Nights fundraiser. In October, the Caterpillars were at it again! They used profits from making and selling beaded bracelets to pay the school insurance fee for 45 elementary school students, thereby enabling these at-risk students to participate in field trips for the entire school year. Project Promise also impacted children in Tanzania through our fourth annual Toys for Tanzania project. Our Caterpillars are now in High School and it’s so hard to believe! In June, our Caterpillars graduated from Junior High School and as they continue to grow and blossom, Project Promise continues to support them with our regular programming. Throughout the year our group received homework assistance, weekly life coaching sessions, took part in yoga classes and more.

Target demographics: At-risk youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 students

Geographic areas served: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Programs: Project Promise’s programs are all about opening doors for our at-risk youth in St. Croix, in order to uplift, educate and empower them. Our holistic approach provides many opportunities for positive change, while our nurturing environment provides a safe place in which youth can get the tools and support they need to live healthier, happier and more successful lives. We provide programs that holistically support and empowers each child. Project Promise currently has four programs: The Caterpillar Project, Salt River Bay’s “Open Outdoors For Kids” Program, the Buck Island "Ticket to Ride" Program and the Excellence & Leadership Recognition Program.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Organization! Great Staff! Great Volunteers! Great Vibes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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I have volunteered with Project Promise in various capacities from its inception almost 7 years ago. In the beginning there was no evidence of what they were capable of doing for at-risk youth. Fast forward to present day. As a Life Coach with Project Promise, I have seen the manifestation of the evidence of their mission statement, “Improving the lives of at-risk youth.” Evidence of failing grades to honor roll, Principal’s awards, local community service, and world service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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I have volunteered with Project Promise in various capacities from its inception almost 7 years ago. In the beginning there was no evidence of what they were capable of doing for at-risk youth. Fast forward to present day. As a Life Coach with Project Promise, I have seen the manifestation of the evidence of their mission statement, “Improving the lives of at-risk youth.” Evidence of failing grades to honor roll, Principal’s awards, local community service, and world service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that teaches and empowers the youth with the skills they need for a positive, purposeful and fulfilling future!

Board Member

Rating: 5

In this times project promise has being able to keep their kids mind and body's focus , I love to see the great work that's getting done

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a loving mother who wants the best for her children, but, my son Ricardo needed more help than I could give. With the help of Project promise, I got my son tested and he is now receiving the help he needs which includes, therapy and special instruction.

Kevin K. F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Even though COVID-19 has affected our daily living, Project Promise haven't stopped their efforts, they have adapted to meet the needs of the kids! Truly an inspiration!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Project Promise knowing a little bit about what they do and being very new to volunteering. The experience with them was life changing. I not only got motivated from their mission but the positive energy that supports the kids in the program! Powerful impact!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Zeeken Mark. I am in 8th grade and I attend John H. Woodson Junior High School. Project Promise is an nonprofit organization. They have impacted me alot through the years. They have helped me through my school years. They pick kids from 5th to 10th grade and help us with college.

Christina C.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been part of project promise for the pass 4 yr and she continues to grow and mature into the young women she becomes thanks to this program.. especially for their conditional support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Project Promise as a yoga teacher. Spending this past school year with them was a rewarding experience. Project Promise is an excellent organization that puts the students first. They’re organized, strategic, innovative, and passionate about what they do. They offer a wide variety of activities and experiences to expose the students to a broad range of ideas and people. Every class with the students was fun and playful. They’re really great humans! The work they do with the students benefits not just the students but the island overall. I am so grateful for time with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is J'Neelah, I have been in one of Project Promise’s programs named The Catipillar Project for 4 years. My experience at Project Promise is amazing, they help us with our homework and give us many great opportunities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this organization because it helps with my math skills and reading! Since I’ve been in the program, those skills have improved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story is that this program helps you get advice about the future. Project promise has help me excell in many of the activities that I was once not able to do. This program helps me to make good decisions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I giving Project promise 5 stars because this program has been an awesome influence to my daughter and our life! I’m grateful for all the support they give our family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project promise has helped my granddaughter expand in numerous activities!!

Board Member

Rating: 4

It has been very rewarding to work with the program participants. To see them growing into expressive young men and women has been amazing! I really like the exposure they receive to all facets of life that they may not have experienced outside of this program. Ultimately, they will take with them memories and skills that will last them a lifetime.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a new member of the Project Promise team I have not felt anything less than welcomed with wide opened arms. The lives that this program and these Caterpillars have impacted are beyond great full and breathtaking. With hard work and dedication they get the job done and it’s only going to get better as we progress!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that is done throughout this organization is impeccable! Project Promise is always giving back to our community and around the world. This organization is also making an impact in the future sucess of the kids in their Caterpillar Project. By providing them with the necessary tools to be successful in school and in life. I love everything about Project Promise and what they stand for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Zeeken and I am currently 14years old. This Program is the best Program in the world and I like the field trips we go on for every third Saturday morning at 8am to 12pm. This Program helps me for the better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has helped me through a lot! They have taken me on amazing adventures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Promise has helped me extremely! It’s helped me not only in learning different things but it has helped me gain more knowledge about what the world holds for us in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program changes my life for the better good!!

Erica M P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't begin to say enough about the work that Project Promise is doing to help its participants, and impact their local community at the same time! In three and a half years, Project Promise has helped our students to grow by leaps and bounds academically and socially. The students have been exposed to so many positive activities including the arts and cultural events, monthly community service commitments, and dozens of career options. They've given locally and internationally, donating toys and raising money for tuition for children as far away as South Africa! It has been truly rewarding to be a part of this program and helping to mold these students, and I can't wait to see them in five more years when they graduate from high school!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Passion, dedication, and consistency, is the driving force behind every volunteer. An amazing group of people that give effortlessly and tirelessly to positively impact the lives of our children. Project promise is the epitome of this quote…“We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thank you so much for developing a program that is helping to nurture and support our youth!

Jeannie M

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing work with the youths not only the once in the program but it has impacted the community as a whole

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter has been a part of Project Promise for 3 years. She has learnt so much since she had joined. I have travelled along with them on several field trips around the island, to places I would never think of going. During the aftermath of Hurricane Maria we received several donations. I am extremely grateful to Project Promise for blessing my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Promises has been such a blessing to our daughter. There is such an improvement in her self-esteem and academic achievements. With the exposure she gets with this program her cultural awareness has also strengthened.
Thank You Project Promise!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project promise is a program that helps many children in needs, my grandchildren is prof of that thank you project promise

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Carmen and J'Neelah Daniel is my daughter she is part of this wonderful program project promise and I wouldn't pick no other! They very efficient and helpful and involved with my daughter regular life and academics! Ms. Oriley is best we are like a big happy family!

Judi F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Promise has done such wonderful things for the youth in their Program. I have seen one of the young ladies blossom from a below average student that was very shy and self conscious to a confident honor student. With the help of her Mentor and the program facilitator she and other students have been able to learn and grow and also know that they are not alone in their journey for a better education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Promise was extremely instrumental in bringing to life the vision of Mrs Faye John-Baptist for a Children's Memorial Garden at the Juan F Luis Hospital on St Croix. I was contacted by Project Promise in March of 2017, as they saw fit for such a garden to be dedicated to my son Asa who we lost to crohns in November 2016, and other children loved and lost too soon.
They not only initiated the work , but also committed to maintaining and beautifying this peaceful garden. The leadership along with the Caterpillars of Project Promise also partners with others in projects to enhance our community on St Croix. They are a loving, caring, hardworking group whose efforts and achievements are deeply appreciated and applauded.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Promise has given back to the St.Croix community with many community service projects to help beautify and enhance our island beaches,parks and Hospital to name a few.Project Promise has gone above and beyond especially evident after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island to help rebuild the lives of her students ,their families and our community. Project Promise has even helped children in South Africa in need of decent education. Ms.O'Reilly continues to
work diligently to improve the lives of her students and our community as a whole. Thank you Project Promise!

Faye J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Strategic in its approach. Effective in the results! Literally the village concept!
Project promise deserves our support and much more. Amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"It takes a village" aptly applies to the Project Promise goal. Children need structure and support. The leadership of this group gets it!!! Here there are lending a hand in the JFL Hospital Children's Memory Garden!