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

Every child in East St. Louis will know their beauty, value and potential and have access to caring adults, quality education and opportunities that will allow them to realize that potential and their dreams.

Our Organizational Values

Join Hands is guided by the following organizational values:

Love

Family

Compassion

Empowerment

Education

Success

Hope

Opportunity

Support

Friendship

Respect

Laughter