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 summer 2020, WSU organized 148 internships; 80% of internships went to Black and Latinx students. WSU is also working with Herzl School of Excellence to develop a Cluster of Care School-Based Community Hub, which will offer students and their families a range of services to grow and thrive.
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.