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Neighborhood Network: Brighton Park

United Way of Metro Chicago - Neighborhood Network Sponsors

Brighton Park is a neighborhood located approximately seven miles from the Loop on Chicago’s southwest side. Brighton Park was identified a high need community but there
were no social service intermediaries and funding was lacking. However, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) was an active organization that was focused on community schools and providing quality after school programs to students. BPNC was drawn to the idea of collectively working with other community organizations to offer broader support to families and students allowing students to thrive and graduate from high school.

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Brighton Park

Launch Date: March 2013

Brighton Park Demographics

Total Population: 44,202
Major Healthcare Facilities: 6
Chicago Public Schools: 9
Median Income: $36,077
Unemployment: 13%
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Bold Goal: Increase High School graduation rate to 90% at Kelly High School.

COMMON AGENDA: Brighton Park is working together for healthy families, strong schools, and a safe and thriving community.

Brighton Park Results

Our Results

  • SY17 graduation rate is 79.2%, up from 67.9% in 2016
  • 72% of students increased English or Math grades over the school year
  • Freshman on track to graduate, up to 76.4% in SY17 from 73.2% in SY15
  • 2,567 people connected to primary care physicians
  • 2017 free tax site completed 722 returns that totaled $1,305,048 in federal returns and $106,345 in state returns
  • 86% of parents/guardians engaged in their child’s learning
  • 54 parent mentors recruited, screened, trained, and placed in classrooms
  • 1491 students in classrooms with parent mentors

Our Partners

Lead Partner: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

  • ACCESS Community Health
  • Accion
  • Burroughs Elementary
  • Casa Central
  • Cease Fire
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health
  • Commissioner Jesus Garcia
  • CPS Network 8
  • Davis Elementary
  • Davis Health & Wellness Center
  • Erie House
  • Esperanza Health Centers
  • Gads Hill Center
  • Heartland Alliance
  • Kelly High School
  • La Casa Norte
  • Latino Policy Forum
  • Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago
  • Saint Anthony Hospital
  • SGA Youth & Family Services
  • Shields Elementary School
  • Shields Middle School


    • New student mentor program, Leaders of Tomorrow, produced a 43% reduction in low/mid-level infractions and 25% reduction in suspensions at school
    • Five full time counselors are now embedded in six neighborhood schools
    • Hosted 65 immigration workshops engaging 2,278 community members and stakeholders
    • Expanded mental health services by Hiring a Domestic Violence Counselor, Community-Based Family Therapist, and School-Based Counselor
    • Hosted 8th annual youth summit with 450 participants from 8 BPNN partner schools