A letter from Mrs Jordan:
Dear Friends, It all started quite by accident.
As I got to know the West side of Chicago through my involvement with the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club, it became clear to me that this community was not meeting the basic educational needs of its children. Too many of the children that came to the facility could not read; there was no support system in place to assist them on their academic journeys. While the Club provided a safe haven for the children to play and socialize after school, I felt compelled to take action in the schools themselves.
I walked across the street to Victor Herbert Elementary School, knocked on the door, and the rest, as they say, is history. I knew I could not do it alone, and reached out to partners who have helped make our work possible.
I founded the James R. Jordan Foundation to demonstrate to the children that, with education, anything is possible. Our students are bright and eager to learn; they simply need direction and a strong support system. With these goals in mind, the A-Team Scholars and Vision for Families/Parent Partnerships began.
Our role is to come alongside the schools, the families and the communities, and ultimately help them learn to help themselves. The James R. Jordan Foundation was founded to bring change and hope to those who need it most. With the help of so many partners and friends, we continue to do just that for the children, families and communities we serve.