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.
In 2018, WSU organized over 400 internships. And in 2019, WSU is hoping to increase seats to reach 600. WSU has also noticed the need for educational support on the West Side and will offer programmatic supports to one West Side Elementary school by the year 2020.
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.
Our 2019 West Side United commitments include the following:
- Increasing high school internships by 50% from 400 to 600 seats.
- Supporting the development of community hubs at up to 2 schools to expand wrap-around services.