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Chicago Youth Raise Awareness for Lupus

Westside Health Authority’s Youth Working for Success were motivated to learn more about the causes and effects of lupus after finding out that the disease hit close to home for one of their own. Youth leader Michelle Cage wanted to do something to raise support for those, like her sister, who struggle with the disease everyday. With … Continue reading Chicago Youth Raise Awareness for Lupus


WHA Stands with #FightFor15

Today, low-wage workers across the nation are on strike against the corporations that boast high profits at the expense of working families and US taxpayers. Fifty-two percent of fast-food employees are forced to rely on public assistance to support their families, amounting to $7 billion annually. Today, the Westside Health Authority stands in solidarity with those who … Continue reading WHA Stands with #FightFor15


Youth Working For Success Professional Training Seminar

Last week leaders from WHA’s Youth Working For Success initiative joined other young Chicago residents to gain professional development training and advice for taking charge of their future. Workshops taught skills such as resume-building, preparing and responding for interviews, and financial literacy. Organizations such as First Defense Legal Aid, TRiO and Public Allies also informed participants … Continue reading Youth Working For Success Professional Training Seminar


Alternative Spring Break for Chicago Teens Provides Professional Development

Some youth see spring break as a time to sleep in, watch tv, and have unfettered access to their cell phones. But for teens involved in Westside Health Authority’s Youth Development initiative, spring break is an opportunity for professional development and preparation for summer employment. For three days, program participants join other Chicago youth in workshops, … Continue reading Alternative Spring Break for Chicago Teens Provides Professional Development


Taking Action Against Discriminating Employers

Activists with the Westside Health Authority and South Austin Coalition Commuity Council (SACCC) protest the unfair hiring practices of companies receiving TIF Funds for local employment. Protesters charge that Mercury Plastics, ConAgra Foods, Newlywed Foods, Primrose Candy, Ferrara Pan Candy and others are receiving funds for local hiring, but instead are placing orders with staffing … Continue reading Taking Action Against Discriminating Employers