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Neighborhood Network: Evanston

Neighborhood Network

Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north, with a population of 74,486 as of 2010. It is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is home to Northwestern University. As a new addition to United Way's Neighborhood Network Initiative, we have core partners engaged, common community goal(s) and strategies identified, work plan and measurements established with a full launch in 2016.



Launch Date: 2015

Evanston Demographics

White: 60.4%
African American: 17.2%
Latino: 10.1%
Asian: 9.1%
Other: 3.2%
Median Income: $69,544
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Bold Goal: Increase overall kindergarten readiness from 54% to 85% by 2025 while significantly increasing parity for African American and Latino children.


Our Results

  • Improving Access to Services (embedding social service information in 311 call center system)
  • Empowering Parents of Children Age Birth to 3
  • Improving Success at Key Transitions (Kindergarten readiness, summer learning, youth employment)

Our Partners

Lead Partner: Evanston Cradle to Career

  • Allowance for Good
  • Center for Independent Futures
  • Childcare Network of Evanston
  • City of Evanston
  • Connections for the Homeless
  • Evanston Chamber of Commerce
  • Evanston Community Foundation
  • Evanston Scholars
  • Evanston/Skokie School District 65
  • Family Focus
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evanston Township High School
  • Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
  • Learn to Work/Work to Learn -Evanston 150 Task Force
  • McGaw YMCA
  • Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Northwestern University
  • Oakton Community College
  • Peer Services
  • Reba Early Learning Center
  • Second Baptist Church
  • St. Nicholas Parish
  • United Way North-Northwest
  • Youth Job Center
  • Y.O.U.
  • YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Hubs Of Service

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Evanston Programs