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Neighborhood Network: Bronzeville

United Way of Metro Chicago - Neighborhood Network Sponsors

The Bronzeville Neighborhood Network, led by Bright Star Community Outreach (BSCO), was formed in 2015 with a coalition of 10 agency partners. BSCO has since completed their “Community Action Plan,” which outlines a strategy to bring committed community stakeholders to the table in order to implement change in the area of workforce development.



Launch Date: 2015

Bronzeville Demographics

Total Population: 42,696
Major Healthcare Facilities: 8
Chicago Public Schools: 16
Unemployment rate: 19%
Median Income: $29,500
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Bold Goal: The Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network will provide 5,000 Greater Bronzeville residents ages 16-55 with jobs by year 2027 that contribute to household sustainability

COMMON AGENDA: To reduce poverty and violence by enhancing employment and career opportunities, providing trauma-informed family services and improving access to behavioral and mental health care in the greater Bronzeville community.

Our Results

  • Launched Access United to place residents in living wage jobs.
  • Created Network handbook for new partners

Our Partners

Lead Partner: Bright Star Community Outreach

  • Centers For New Horizons
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Quad Community Development Corporation
  • SECC ( South East Chicago Commission)
  • The Cara Program
  • The Community Builders (TCB)
  • The LUV Institute
  • 741 Partnership