Neighborhood Network: Austin
Austin, located on the west side of Chicago, is the largest (by population) of the city's 77 officially defined community areas with 97,643 residents. The Austin Neighborhood Network was formed in 2010 after a group of like-minded community leaders, calling themselves Austin Coming Together (ACT), joined forces to discuss how to better coordinate efforts to create systemic change in their community. In 2016, in partnership with United Way, ACT released Thrive 2025, a strategy which sets bold “impact goals” to help Austin improve early childhood education outcomes and access to living wage employment opportunities for residents.
Launch Date: 2016
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Bold Goal: By 2025, Austin Coming Together members will provide high-quality early learning opportunities to 3,900 low income children living in the Austin community.
BOLD GOAL: By 2025, Austin Coming Together members will assist 2,775 Austin residents attain and retain living wage work.
COMMON AGENDA: Expand access to early learning programs, create safe community spaces for families, and support economic stability and success for parents and guardians in order to prepare children for success in 3rd grade and beyond.