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?
West Side United will be hosting three information sessions in the following communities:
North Lawndale Information Session
December 11, 2019
Austin Information Session
December 18, 2019
Pilsen Information Session
January 16, 2020
These informational sessions will be open to the public and are intended to give schools space to ask questions or receive clarification about the RFP process. Attending an informational session is OPTIONAL but highly recommended. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.
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.