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Empowering youth to live purposeful lives through education, mentorship, and community engagement.

Discover Your Purpose Through Mentoring



High impact youth development program where youth receive the essential skills to overcome adverse  situations to transform their  lives and their communities.



Growing up in a community that has been on an economic decline for decades can be very challenging. The poor quality of life and lack of resources can make it difficult to break the cycle of poverty and despair.


Elaine Marthel, the founder of Project Impact 180, understands this firsthand. Despite facing many obstacles, including becoming a single teen mom herself, and losing her father at the age of 5,  she was able to overcome them and achieve her goals.

Elaine's story is one of perseverance and determination. She worked hard to obtain her education and used her experiences as building blocks to help teach youth how to overcome barriers that may be hindering their success. Her mantra "Youth are not a job but youth are my ministry" shows her commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people.

Through her  25+ years of youth advocacy and  Project Impact 180, Elaine has mentored over 1000 youth and helped shift the trajectory of their lives. Her love for young people is evident in all that she does, and she believes that with hope and support, anyone can overcome their circumstances.

Elaine's story teaches us that no matter where we come from or what challenges we face, we have the power within us to create change in our lives and communities.



Executive Director, Founder



Our board is composed of dynamic members who embody and push forward our mission. We feel so fortunate to be working alongside these stellar individuals.


Elaine Marthel

Founder & CEO,

Project Impact 180

Executive Director

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Brianna Griffin

Director of Programs

Board Role: Interim Secretary

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Tevin Haynes

Dean of Students Perspectives Charter School (Bronzeville)

Board Role, President

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Eddie Marthel Jr

Pastor Restoration Ministries, Doctoral Candidate, Marriage & Family Counseling 

Board Role: Vice President 

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Davenia Nelson

Childcare Owner

Board Role: Treasurer

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Our Guiding Principles


Awakening the creative genius in youth to help them overcome roadblocks in discovering their inner potential. 


Leveraging time, energy, and experience to develop young visionaries for leadership roles in their homes, schools, and communities. 


Engaging the heart and soul in transforming the lives of youth through servant leadership.

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Join Us for After-School Fun at the Douglass Library!

Looking for a safe and exciting space for your kids after school? Our Douglass Library Carnival is the perfect place. Packed with games, arts and crafts, and lots of fun, it's where kids can unwind and create lasting memories.


Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity for your children to enjoy quality after-school entertainment in a secure environment.

**RSVP Required:** Secure your spot for the carnival and ensure your kids don't have to be out on the streets on Halloween. Come hang out in a safe and welcoming space, and let the good times roll!


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