Rest in Peace Eric Von Jackson, Sr.

The Torchbearers Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of our president, Mr. Eric Von Jackson, Sr.

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The Torchbearers Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization designed to provide resources to urban communities in Metropolitan Chicago and its surrounding areas via educational, leadership, scholarship, and programmatic opportunities for at risk urban youth. The foundation has been in existence for five years and our mission is to continue be action agents in the lives of youth by encouraging, developing and demonstrating high-impact, positive life choices for long-term success and fulfillment.

In the short time of our existence, the Torchbearers Foundation has been highly effective in reaching a number of students. Our progress includes the successful execution of three college readiness seminars attended by an average of 200 high school students from the Chicago metropolitan area, an annual media day at the Westside Youth Technical and Entrepreneurial Center with 25 junior high and high school, a financial and economic awareness day to promote financial responsibility, and a service day at the Franciscan House homeless shelter. We have also engaged in effective partnerships with the Metro-Chicago Young Men’s Christian Association, The March of Dimes, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Jones College Prep High School, and Citibank.

The geographic areas for program operations are the urban communities of the near western sector of Metropolitan Chicago. That includes, but is not limited to, the immediate communities of Austin, Oak Park, Bellwood, and Maywood. Programs are carried out and/or overseen by a committed cadre of adult professionals who minimally hold a bachelors degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

The Foundation’s immediate goals are to:

  • Provide twenty kids from low income residents with community scholarships to participate in constructive after-school and local community-based programs as an alternative to the streets.
  • Offer ten scholarships to college-bound students who meet specific criteria that would assist with the purchase of text books and/or computers.
  • Provide scholarships to allow twenty African American male students, 12 to 18 years of age, to attend leadership development training activities.
  • Engage in suitable partnerships that cater to youth who meet our designated requirements in our service area.

The Torchbearers Foundation relies on donations and grants as its primary source of securing required funding necessary to execute our programs. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

If interested in receiving more information about the Torchbearers and/or exploring opportunities to partner with us, feel free to contact us.