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Neighborhood Network: West Chicago

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In West Chicago, a suburb approximately 30 miles west of Chicago, United Way of Metro Chicago works with WeGo Together for Kids: a coalition of more than 40 organizations, to strategize on challenges, identify resources and implement programs to improve lives for community residents.

WeGo Together for Kids refined their result areas using a Results Based Accountability process. The team now structures meetings around “Turn the Curve” thinking designed to
ensure that all activities drive toward impact. They also created a map of community assets, which showcases community resources and is used to engage partners and volunteers.

West Chicago

West Chicago

Launch Date: August 2014

West Chicago Demographics

Childhood obesity rate: 46%
Residents over 25 with no high school diploma: 27%
Poverty rate (in the school district): 74%
Median Income: $31,386
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Bold Goal: By 2025, 90% of District 33 students will meet projected growth rates in reading and math as demonstrated by NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.

COMMON AGENDA: To support and enhance the health, safety and well-being of children and families through a collaborative, coordinated and comprehensive approach for West Chicago schools and community.

West Chicago

Our Results

  • Fall 2016 to Spring 2017: Increased from number of students meeting projected growth rates from 47% in 2016 to 50.5% in 2017
  • 2017 free tax site completed 472 returns that totaled $894,652 in federal and state refunds
  • 310 households and 1,535 individuals served by WeGo Together Community Market
  • Community mental health clinicians worked with 94 students and their families in their homes and in the community

Our Partners

Lead Partner: WeGo Together for Kids

  • Access DuPage
  • Asthma & Allergy Center
  • CASEL
  • Center for Economic Progress
  • Dept. of Probation & Court Services – 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • DuPage County Election Commission
  • DuPage Health Coalition
  • Family Shelter Services
  • Kid Care Medical
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • NAMI DuPage
  • Pediatric Health Assoc. LTD
  • Puente del Pueblo
  • WCSD33
  • West Chicago Park District
  • Wheaton Academy
  • YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center

Resources/Programming

    • All coalition committees adopted Results Based Accountability framework
    • 2 Family Wellness Nights hosted by WeGo Together Community School offered health and dental screenings and education, home energy saving education, and connection to local services and resources
    • Family liaison working at two schools facilitated parent education and leadership training sessions