Neighborhood Centers Project Heading link
The Neighborhood Centers are a collaborative community project designed to support local stakeholders with meeting their goals through strategic programs and services, equity-based interventions and community-based research. These Centers will be located in southside and westside neighborhoods of Auburn Gresham and North Lawndale. Working in partnership with Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation and North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, planning and implementation will be developed collaboratively with community- based organizations, residents, educators and other local stakeholders. Programming will occur both in the centers’ physical spaces (offices and community rooms) as well as in other neighborhood settings such as school or churches.
The Auburn Gresham Center, situated within the Healthy Lifestyle Hub located at 839-45 W. 79th street, is now open!
The Lawndale Center, operating out of the MLK Exhibit Center located at 1558 S. Hamlin, is now open!
Goals Heading link
The projected goals of the centers are as follows:
- Increase African-American enrollment and retention for traditional and non-traditional students at UIC or other post-secondary institutions
- Provide relevant and responsive services that serve to address systemic education, economic, health and other disparities in Auburn Gresham and North Lawndale
- Serve as partner and steward to catalyze continued community and economic development in Auburn Gresham and North Lawndale