A Letter from Mrs. Jordan
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 (now known as Robert Nathaniel Dett), 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.
Mrs. Deloris Jordan
Empowering Youth and Strengthening Families through Education and Partnerships
The James R. Jordan Foundation provides a pathway out of poverty by empowering youth to achieve their full potential and by leveling the playing field so they can become successful human beings and productive contributors to society. We do this by creating networks of support for families and communities, motivating youth, and ensuring high-quality academic opportunities for youth in under-served communities. The James R. Jordan Foundation is dedicated to supporting students and families through access to knowledge and by exposing them to resources that contribute to their life success.
A Generation of Academically and Socially Empowered Students, Supported by Strong, Engaged Families, on Their Pathway Out of Poverty
The Foundation believes a strong family is a critical component of a child’s academic success, which provides a pathway out of poverty. The Foundation’s series of programs supports the academic development of youth through a mentorship approach. These programs encourage parental involvement, expose students to S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), foster a love for reading and provide college readiness assistance and scholarship awards.