The mission of Organizing Youth, Impacting Neighborhoods is to promote the intellectual, social, and emotional development of young people through afrocentric, educational activities that build their identities, self-awareness, and a connection to their communities.

We strive to cultivate leaders who are self-aware innovators that give back to their neighborhoods and the global community.



In support of its mission, Organizing Youth, Impacting Neighborhoods offers a site-based mentoring program called OYIN's Mentor Program. The program is free and targets children between the ages of 10 and 13. Although the mentor program targets low income residents located in Chicago, it is open to anyone, regardless of his or her background.


OYIN's Mentor Program meets every other Saturday during the school year, beginning in August and concluding in June. Most meetings are conducted at a predetermined location on the west side of Chicago, but activities also take place at offsite locations that promote the goals of the program. Examples of such offsite activities include visiting a local college campus, volunteering with a local nonprofit organization, and visiting museums located in Chicago. 


1)  Assist mentees in developing their identities/self-awareness;

2)  Assist mentees in developing a connection to their community;

3)  Assist mentees in developing leadership skills; 

4)  Increase mentees' exposure to technology;

5)  Create liaisons between mentees and peer groups from other communities.