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Ladies of Virtue

  • Ladies of Virtue
  • 1245 S. Michigan Ave
    Suite 149
  • Chicago, IL 60605
  • 2011

Program Description


Ladies of Virtue launched on October 1, 2011 with six girls in the Grand Crossing community.

Our mission is to instill purpose, passion, and perseverance in girls, ages 9 to 18, while preparing them for college, careers and to become change agents in their communities.

We match our participants with mentors and prepare them for leadership through our culturally relevant character building, career readiness and civic engagement curriculum. We provide project management, collaboration and communication training via our two to four month project experiences to empower girls to lead in the modern workforce. After graduating from high-school, with successful completion of our leadership program, participants are mentored and supported for six additional years as LOV 4 Life alumni.


A powerful sisterhood of young Black women that lead with purpose and dignity while positively impacting our families, communities and nation.

    Our Ladies of Virtue develop the ability to:

  • Build confidence by demonstrating skills related to achieving personal and academic goals
  • Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others
  • Contribute to the well-being of one's school and community by participating in and leading projects
  • Develop job readiness skills for their future careers
  • Understand the college preparation process

Services Provided

  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring


Race & Ethnicity

  • African American: 100%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 95
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Missouri-Columbia