Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

Vision for Children at Risk (VCR) envisions a community that values and supports the well-being of children and families, where the neighborhood they live in does not determine their future.

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Our Mission

Vision for Children at Risk (VCR) promotes the well-being of children, youth, and their families, with a primary focus on those impacted by socioeconomic risk and racial inequity. We do this by:

Our Goals

  • Informing: Identify, prioritize, and share child well-being quantitative and qualitative data through an equity lens for strategic action within VCR and in the St. Louis region.
  • Collaborating: Drive and motivate cross-sector action to build hope and momentum for change.
  • Engaging: Create space and opportunities for strengthening families and creating community supports, while empowering individuals and building avenues for positive systemic change.
  • Advocating: Improve the life situations and opportunities for children and families by amplifying family and community voice at a local and state level.
Our Goals

Our Core Values


We work from a racial equity lens, both within and outside of our organization, and continually seek to better understand the disparities that children and families face. We advocate alongside children and families, honoring their experiences and powerful voice in support of ambitious goals and bold action.

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We are driven by our passionate commitment to the children and families we serve, and to the greater good of the community. Our personal success and fulfillment are measured by the impact we make. We serve from a space of humility, honesty, and trust.

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We believe that creating a better future for children requires both long-term vision and the ability to adapt and respond to the pressing needs and opportunities of our community. We engage families and the community as a core part of our work in order to keep close to the relevant issues and implement unique solutions.

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Ensuring that families have a voice in decisions that affect them is foundational to our work. We strive to ensure that families, other community members, and providers feel welcome and respected regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We honor differences as vital assets that enrich our community.

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We appreciate that our community and our team have a wide range of different life experiences, and we consider this a source of strength. At every stage of our work, we strive to understand the unique perspectives of our community. Ours is a culture of mutual respect and kindness, even and especially in challenging times.

Learn About Our Focus Areas


Upcoming Events

Parent Café​

Connect with other parents and caregivers to strengthen your family.

Project LAUNCH Vitality Café​

Parents charting their own paths toward holistic wellness. 

Vitality Café​

Parents charting their own paths toward holistic wellness.

Children’s Data

Two Great Ways to Explore

Check out our CMSL Data Book and our new interactive Children’s Data Center

Quantitative and qualitative data should provide the foundation for informed, strategic, collaborative community engagement, action, and advocacy. We invite you to explore the data and join us in working towards a better future for children and families in the St. Louis region.

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