From Calumet Heights
““LOV was different from any other programs that I’ve been in before. I knew that I would develop and grow, and meet other girls in it, and my confidence increased, I had a new group of sisters around me, and I got connected with my mentor. From the day that we were connected she set me up with so many opportunities and her mission was to set me up for success. Whether it was helping with my grades, telling me what to do, giving me advice, all that has really connected me and I’m so grateful to be experiencing our mentor/mentee relationship and all of the things we have done together.””
Kourtney Johnson is sixteen years old and a senior at Lindblom. She lives in the Calumet Heights neighborhood which is on the south side of Chicago with her mom Yvette. She has been a part of Ladies of Virtue's mentoring and leadership program for six years. Over the years, Kourtney has shown that she is passionate about many topics pertaining to the Black community. More specifically, she is passionate about getting young girls educated about their bodies and the culture around them as well as creating safe spaces where Black girls can show up authentically.
Kourtney is a leader on the debate team and also sings in her school's Acapella Choir. She also serves as a tutor a few times out of the week. Kourtney is also the founder of a Youth Organizing Group called Homegirls that serves communities on the South and West sides of Chicago. She is very passionate about giving back to others and being involved in issues throughout my community. One of the things that she knows about herself is that "I will not stand by in the name of injustice.