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Meet Lindsey Anderson of Vision Driven 757, INC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Anderson.

Lindsey, before we jump into specific questions about the organization, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2017, I started Vision Driven 757, INC. Initially, it was supposed to be a platform for small business but that quickly changed when I realized that my passion and purpose was with children. I created an annual conference called Building Bosses, Youth Empowerment and Leadership Conference. From there my organization has hosted several self- esteem, wellness, and mental health workshops. We host an annual back to school drive and we also have been on the front lines during the pandemic, feeding families in need. Currently, we are working heavily in the community feeding families, hosting live discussions, and getting people to register to vote.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been an interesting journey. Starting out, I wanted to create a platform for small businesses but didn’t receive the feedback or support needed to continue. It took a few close friends and family to realize I was meant to work with children. There was also a time when I had also put Vision Driven on pause when I tried another business venture, when that venture ended after a short time, I realized that Vision Driven was the only thing I needed to focus on.

We’d love to hear more about the organization.
Vision Driven 757, INC. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization created to promote social change by empowering and enhancing the lives of the youth in the Hampton Roads area through events, workshops, and community initiatives.

Our biggest annual event Building Bosses youth leadership and empowerment conference provides insight to important topics such as financial literacy, life after high school, resume building, mental health and more.

In addition, throughout the year, we host several self-esteem workshops including Your Life Matters, Don’t Drop Your Crown and Don’t Drop Your Crown: King Edition. Our community initiatives include Born Innovators, a black history month showcase, The Sisters Brunch, and our annual Back to School bash.

During these trying times, we have created a new community initiative, Lunch on Us which provides free meals delivered to families of school aged children unable to reach designated pick up sites. To date, we have made and delivered over 5,000 lunches to families in Portsmouth and Norfolk. As well as breakfast, dinner, and giving groceries to several families across Hampton roads. It is our goal to keep this initiative going even after the pandemic to continue to help families in their times of need.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5 to 10 years, I plan to have opened a community outreach center as well as several food pantries in and around the area. I would like to employ young people and give them the knowledge to effectively spend and save their money. I also hope to be able to take my conference on an east coast tour.

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