Mission & Vision

Mission Statement:  To provide a healthy, loving and positive network of women, resources and events that serve and inspire individual and community development.
Vision Statement: We believe if we empower the women, we have empowered the World

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What Is This?

Community Starts with Unity (CSU) is a not-for-profit community based Mentoring Group initiative that is partnering with the Cook County Southland Juvenile Justice Council. CSU is comprised of like-minded, educated, professional women of diverse backgrounds that utilizes their resources, relationships and expertise to reach our young women. Our Members are Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, etc., any female that is in constant contact with young women.

Jaclin DavisExecutive Director
Detective Corporal Sandra BaptistCo-Chair
(708) 331-3030 x 277
Vanessa HatcherSecretary

CSU Goal

Our goal is to have different walks of life (Women) in the room and have respectful conversations about how we are losing our generation of young ladies to various levels of negativity that are leading to:

  • Early Motherhood

  • Drugs

  • Sexting

  • Sex Trafficking

  • Domestic Violence

  • Jail

  • Death

These are in some cases generational, reoccurring and new enemies that our young ladies are facing. As Guardians, it is our duty to educate, listen as well as arm them with facts, resources and opportunities to make alternate decisions, before it is too late.


We discuss and advocate:

  • Self Love

  • Self Esteem

  • Knowing YOUR Worth

It is our hope, goal and intention to reach as many Young Ladies and Guardians as possible.


As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.