Vision, Mission & Values

Our Mission

The mission of Join Hands ESL is to empower the people of East St Louis, to walk in solidarity with those we serve, showing love and compassion to those in need, affirming and reflecting the beauty and potential of each individual. We build personal relationships with children and families through our youth programming, mentoring programs and the Ubuntu Center for Peace. We prioritize and support through our programs the pursuit of education as a pathway out of poverty. 

Our Vision

Through access to high quality education from early childhood through college, all children in East St. Louis will no longer live in poverty.

Our Organizational Values

Join Hands is guided by the following organizational values:

Love

Family

Compassion

Empowerment

Education

Success

Hope

Opportunity

Support

Friendship

Respect

Laughter