This is an excellent and important question. Think of the words ‘visionary‘ and ‘missionary‘. A visionary is someone who imagines possible futures. A missionary is someone who does work under the guidance of a larger objective. Similarly, the vision statement describes how the world will be different because of the existence of the group, while the mission statement provides the ‘vehicle’ for the vision; it describes the means that will be used to achieve the desired future. Because of their nature, the vision statement generally lasts for the life of the organization, while a mission statement should be revisited every two to three years to make sure that the means being used to attain the vision are still relevant. When crafting these statements for your organization, consider the following questions:Vision StatementWhat is the future you want to create for the community you wish to address?Mission StatementWhat do we do?For whom do we do it?What is the impact?Sample Vision Statements:Healthy People in a Healthy WorldLincoln Trail Libraries System envisions a future where collaboration between libraries and organizations results in easy access to information anytime, anywhere.The vision of the ASPCA is that the United States is a humane community in which all animals are treated with respect and kindness.The American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program envisions an enduring recovery for tsunami-affected people. Communities enjoy rebuilt physical infrastructure, restored social networks, quality health services, and vibrant economies, and are prepared for future disasters.Critical Resistance’s vision is the creation of genuinely safe, healthy communities that respond to harm without relying on prisons and punishment.Sample Mission Statements:To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.Crisis Nursery is committed to creating an island of safety dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the provision of emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.Because all children deserve excellent teachers, the Golden Apple Foundation advances the teaching profession by recognizing excellent teachers, leveraging their thinking and efforts to improve education, recruiting and preparing prospective teachers with a special emphasis on schools of need, and providing teachers access to innovative resources.The mission of LifeQuest Center is to provide educational opportunities which empower individuals to improve the quality of their lives and excel in relationships through personal growth.Lincoln Trail Libraries System connects the people of East Central Illinois to information through cooperation.The goal of Campus Middle School for Girls is to provide a safe challenging environment where all girls can develop their creative and intellectual powers, a love of learning and a passion for excellence, gain a sense of emotional and physical well-being, celebrate cultural differences, and form enduring friendships. To this end, we aim to promote confident, enthusiastic, and responsible young learners through a combination of small class size and a curriculum emphasizing the development of academic skills.Source: Elizabeth Simpson, Group Dynamics Specialist, do good Consulting.
The commons in the Tenakee Springs School building. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)The commons in the Tenakee Springs School building. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau) 1 of 5 Yakobi Nash and his mother Iris at the Tenakee Springs Independent Learning Center. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Yakobi Nash and his mother Iris at the Tenakee Springs Independent Learning Center. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau) Camille Chase swings on the Tenakee Springs playground in November 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Camille Chase swings on the Tenakee Springs playground in November 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau) Megan Bush leads kids to the playground for their afternoon recess at the Tenakee Springs Independent Learning Center. Bush is the’s center’s facilitator. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Megan Bush leads kids to the playground for their afternoon recess at the Tenakee Springs Independent Learning Center. Bush is the’s center’s facilitator. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau) Chris Mannino has a 6-year-old daughter named Ila who she home-schools and takes to the independent learning center in Tenakee Springs on the three days it’s open each week.Listen NowManino said she only started thinking about home schooling her daughter after the town’s school closed back in 2013.“Prior to that time, no absolutely not, home schooling was barely a word I knew,” Mannino said.”It was nothing that we were pursuing or interested in.”The school reopened, but ever since, Mannino has been doing research to help figure out how she would home-school her daughter. She said that’s why this year when the school shut down, she was ready.“So, I wish our school was open,” Mannino said. “I wish we had enough students to have a regular school. That would be my first choice. But since we don’t, I feel like I’ve had time to prepare to do this.”The Tenakee Springs School closed this summer after its enrollment fell to single digits. But then, the school building reopened as an independent learning center that gives home-schooled kids a place to socialize and take part in group activities.Mannino enjoys being so close to her daughter but said sometimes it’s kind of tough.“Home-schooling a 6-year-old, there is no break,” she said.The entrance to the Tenakee Springs School building. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Tenakee Springs is a small Southeast Alaska town on Chichagof Island, about 46 miles southwest of Juneau. In 2015, the state reported it had about 140 residents. It also has a small student body that fluctuates from year to year. Frances Ziel said some families were already choosing to home-school before the closure. After the school shut down, she said the district wanted to support them.Ziel is a regional school board member for the Chatham School District. She said last school year, student enrollment in Tenakee Springs dropped from 11 to five students when one family moved away. State education funding drops sharply when enrollment falls below 10 students.“What we decided to do was turn the brick-and-mortar building into an independent learning center,” Ziel said.Frances Ziel, right, during an advisory school board meeting. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)The learning center gives the community a chance to use at least some of the school’s resources.Ziel guessed there are 12 school-aged kids in town and seven of them enrolled in distance education through the Chatham School District. The district is working with an accredited distance learning school that sends parents materials to help them home-school their children. What parents can’t provide at home, their children look for at the learning center.“All children that are enrolled in Chatham School District can come here three days a week,” Ziel said. “They have two tutors here that are available if they are so needed or wanted by the students or parents.”Kids are also given access to the school’s library, gym and classrooms; and they can come to special events like an upcoming talk on octopuses.Mannino said she would get a lot more downtime during the day if her daughter were going to traditional school. Without the learning center, she’d almost get none.“And that’s one thing that’s been really nice about the independent learning center. Ila can work with Megan and another couple of younger children for an hour or two, three days a week,” Mannino said.Megan Bush is the independent learning center facilitator. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Megan Bush is the independent learning center’s facilitator.“Pretty much anything and everything that the ILC needs, that’s me,” she said.One of her duties is to supervise a 4-year-old, and two 6-year-olds including Ila, Mannino’s daughter, during the afternoon.“So I consider my job to be providing opportunities that they’re not getting in their home school education. A big part of that is, especially for the younger ones, is social time,” Bush said.The learning center is open three days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and it serves kids of all ages. Bush said the building could easily accommodate 20 to 25 kids if the town had that many. Instead, she usually sees less than 10.“From 9 to 11, I’m tutoring the middle and high school students,” Bush said. “I have one middle schooler and four high schoolers that come up here regularly and two more that come up here more occasionally.”Chris Mannino isn’t sure what her family would’ve done if they had to home-school without the learning center. She said moving would’ve been one option on the table. Ila Mannino climbs playground equipment at the Tenakee Springs Independent Learning Center. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Ila Mannino climbs playground equipment at the Tenakee Springs Independent Learning Center. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)