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Our mission is to empower residents to share in the responsibility of building community through pooling resources and forming partnerships. We will accomplish our mission by developing innovative performance-based projects and programs to address issues of Community Engagement, Economic Development, Education, Children/Youth and Family.
Bright Star Community Outreach, Inc. (BSCO), a 501C3 nonprofit organization, was formed out of the compassion and commitment of its founder and CEO Chris Harris. Bright Star and its community members are committed to strengthening vulnerable families and communities. Bright Star’s fifty year history is marked by a strong sense of community service and activism. BSCO serve some of the needs of more than 5,000 residents on an annual basis, from Out-of-School Hours Activities to the annual Bronzeville Family Fest. These services are free to the community and widely attended. The community continues to support activities offered by BSCO and have expressed the need for expanded programs and services.
BSCO serves individuals and families in low-income areas of Chicago. Presently located in the Bronzeville Neighborhood, we serve residents of the 3rd and 4th Ward and beyond. Currently BSCO’s focus is on training and development of women and children. Our community partnership approach starts from the premise that no single factor is responsible for violence against women and children, poor economic conditions and stability, homelessness, child safety, or drug abuse. Family safety and strength depend on connection with a broad range of people, organizations, and community institutions. Our goal is to ensure all vulnerable families have access and the necessary training to be self-sufficient.
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