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Neighborhood Network: Little Village

United Way of Metro Chicago - Neighborhood Network Sponsors

A predominantly Mexican immigrant community, Little Village was originally settled by Eastern European and Irish immigrants in the late 19th century, after the Great Chicago Fire sent the population of Chicago rippling out from the city's center to the outlying countryside. Jobs created by industrial development in the early 20th century also attracted residents to the area. As a new addition to United Way's Neighborhood Network Inititiative, we have core partners engaged, common community goal(s) and strategies identified, work plan and measurements established with a full launch in 2016.

Little Village

Little Village

Launch Date: 2015

Little Village Demographics

Childhood obesity rate: 32%
Hispanic: 85%
African American: 12%
Median income: $31,386
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Bold Goal: To increase the percentage of healthy weight children in Marshall Square between the ages of 2 and 17 from 51% to 60% by 2020

Little Village

Our Results

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Our Partners

Lead Partner: Latinos Progresando

  • After School Matters
  • Community Links High School
  • CPS Network 7 Chief
  • CPS FACE Manager
  • Enlace Chicago
  • Erie House
  • Esperanza Health Centers
  • Farragut High School
  • General Wood Boys & Girls Club
  • Hammond Elementary
  • IL Project Launch
  • Kanoon Elementary
  • La Familia Unida
  • Latinos Progresando
  • Open Center for the Arts
  • Openlands
  • Our Lady of Tepeyac Food Pantry
  • Our Lady of Tepeyac High School
  • Rainbow House
  • Saint Anthony Hospital
  • San Jose Obrero Mission
  • Saucedo Elementary
  • SGA Youth & Family Services
  • Sinai Health Systems
  • Spry Elementary
  • St. Augustine College
  • Taller de Jose
  • Teplochacalli Elementary

Hubs Of Service

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  • Create programs at all seven schools in Marshall Square serving the K-8 population in order to increase availability of prevention and weight loss services
  • Create highly effective obesity reduction program at Esperanza Health Centers’ two locations in Marshal Square.
  • Expand opportunities community-wide for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight

Little Village Programs