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The Leading Mentoring & Leadership Program for Black Girls in Chicago

For more than 10 years, we’ve led the charge in empowering Black girls in some of Chicago’s most underserved communities on their journeys to becoming confident, purpose-driven leaders through character development, career readiness, and civic engagement.

We are the only organization offering our unique community-based model that integrates culture, one-on-one and group mentoring, leadership development, and mental health support specifically for the needs of Black girls.

Committed to educational advancement, in 2021, 100% of our girls have been accepted into 4-year colleges and universities and 97% of our girls are placed in summer internships compared to 14% of African American teens who have been employed.

Even greater, our impact extends beyond their high-school graduation. We mentor and support our alumni for six additional years to further their development and success.

Through the support of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and community, we’ve been recognized by The Obama Foundation, The University of Chicago, The Chicago Innovation Awards, and many others.

Our Stories

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Zarria Bailey, 18

"One of the main reasons I LOVE LOV is because of my mentor Ashley Jones. She taught me that it is OK to be me and be the best that I can be. I really love her for that."

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Taylor Philips, 14

I love LOV because of all the support I get from the people in the program. Jamila, my mentor, other mentors and the girls."

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Mikayla Philips, 12

"I love LOV because it is a place where you can be yourself, meet new people and we are all like sisters."

Latest News


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Ladies of Virtue Featured on CBS Chicago

LOV Celebrates 10 Years of Serving Chicago's Black Girls


Ladies of Virtue Featured on WTTW's Chicago Tonight

LOV Seeks to Empower Young Women and Prepare Them for College

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LOV is a Top 100 Finalist for Chicago Innovation Awards!

Recognizing Chicago's most innovative new products and services


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    Mon, Jun 27
    Kennicott Park
    Jun 27, 12:00 PM – Jul 01, 4:00 PM
    Kennicott Park, 4434 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60653, USA