Overview of Application
West Side United is excited to announce the open application process for interested elementary schools seeking supports to create a school-based community hub. The genesis of this initiative came after West Side United convened educators, administrators, youth, community stakeholders, and hospital stakeholders to discuss how the six-hospital partners could leave a more cohesive and intentional education footprint on the West Side. After multiple workshops and a scan of the quality of life plans, the WSU education action team identified the school-based community hub approach as a part of WSU’s education strategy.
What Will the School-Based Community Hub Offer?
West Side United would like to leverage its collaborative hospital assets and provide in-kind services at one West Side elementary school over the next 2 years. West Side United is offering to co-implement along with the selected school a “Cluster of Care model” which leverages resources and programs in place at hospitals to address community-identified needs. These supports include the following:
- Primary care services
- Mental health services
- Social-emotional learning support
- Trauma-informed professional development training for teachers
- Early healthcare career exposure.
To support these in-kind services, WSU will fund a full-time Hub Resilience Manager and a full-time Social Worker (up to $135,000 per year for two years).
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Interested elementary schools should be located in and serve at least one of the ten following West Side communities:
- East Garfield Park
- West Garfield Park
- North Lawndale
- South Lawndale
- Humboldt Park
- Lower West Side
- Near West Side
- West Town
How Can I Learn More About This Opportunity?
Interested in learning more about the application process? Watch our recorded information session.
How Do I Submit an Application?
Review all the application materials and collect any needed items before beginning the online application. (PDF Application)
Begin your application online, you will receive a confirmation email once it is completed.