Improve educational outcomes and eliminate educational disparities on Chicago’s West Side.
To combat the longstanding disinvestment in education on the West Side, West Side United is dedicated to initiatives that improve the quality of education in our communities. WSU convened community and education stakeholders and the together decided to create an internship and apprenticeship working group. The working group convenes education staff across hospitals to discuss programmatic efforts and recruitment processes to increase West Side youth involvement in internships and other opportunities. In addition, WSU will be offering capacity supports to one selected elementary school located on the West Side and offer services in mental health, primary care, social-emotional learning, career exposure, and more.
From 2018 to 2021, the internship programs have hired more than 770 high school students that are west side residents to our WSU’s anchor hospitals; 80% of internships went to Black and Latinx students. For more information about the inclusion of West Side students in hospital internship programs, check out our one-pager review of the 2021 school year and 2021 summer internship program here.
WSU tracks the progress of our initiatives; we also track changes in community-level data to monitor progress towards our overarching goals and inform our actions and projects on the ground. We selected 3 Education metrics from our comprehensive measurement framework to highlight key areas of focus. For more information about our comprehensive framework, please click here.