Dr. Karen Chiu
2017 Next Generation Awardee
While taking time off from medical school in 2003, Karen took a part-time job tutoring at-risk teens, an experience that ignited her passion for youth development. Realizing there was a need in the community for a safe place that youth could call their own and get the support and guidance they need, Karen found-ed Project: VISION with a few fellow volunteers. In 2009, she assumed the role of Executive Director on a volunteer basis, managing many facets of operations including administration, fundraising, and board development. Currently, Dr. Karen Chiu is an internist in Evanston, Illinois and is affiliated with NorthShore University Health System-Metro Chicago. She received her medical degree from McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and has been in practice between 11-20 years.
However, her favorite part of her experience continues to be working directly with the students, whether it be tutoring, teaching ACT, or doing service projects alongside them. She believes that positive after school programs go a long way toward helping kids succeed.
Karen is also a Chicago native. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and went to medical school at Northwestern University.