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Westside Youth Combat The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Among issues of most concern to youth involved in Westside Health Authority programs are youth employment and the school-to-prison pipeline. Our youth have organized on both of these issues exhaustively over the past two years. Recently, they even took the initiative to draft a new bill to specifically address the school-to-prison pipeline. Below are photos … Continue reading Westside Youth Combat The School-to-Prison Pipeline


Youth Field Trip to Wrigley

Participants in our Get In Chicago Youth mentor program enjoyed a night out at Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play with their mentors.


Chicago Youth Voices on Employment

Employment is the main concern among the youth WHA work with, and, thus, it is one of our main concerns as well. For several summers our Youth Development Center has worked to provide jobs to Austin’s teens and young adults. Such programs are successful because at-risk youth are grateful for gainful alternatives to criminal behavior or … Continue reading Chicago Youth Voices on Employment


Every Block A Village Community Meeting

                      A better Austin starts with you. Share your concerns, your ideas, your voice with your neighbors at the Every Block A Village (EBV) Community Meeting. JOIN US: Westside Health Authority Tuesday, February 23, 2016 5437 W. Division 6:00PM For more information contact Virgil Crawford … Continue reading Every Block A Village Community Meeting


Final Take: Band of Brothers/Set of Sisters Retreat

The school year is well underway and our Get In Chicago mentors have a new class of students to work with at Douglas and Austin High School. Still, fond memories of the summer youth program and the retreat linger, and we’ve encapsulated those memories in a short video for others to share the experience.   There … Continue reading Final Take: Band of Brothers/Set of Sisters Retreat


WHA Youth Work with One Summer Chicago to Improve Community

WHA was proud to partner once again with One Summer Chicago, a program that works to curb violence by providing summer employment to local youth. Our participants worked on the infrastructure team, earning money while they beautified their communities. Below are pictures and testimonials from the youth and program supervisors.   I liked cleaning and knowing we made a … Continue reading WHA Youth Work with One Summer Chicago to Improve Community


Progress Report: Band of Brother Set of Sisters

The WHA/ Get In Chicago summer mentoring program, Band of Brothers/Set of Sisters, was a success in many ways. Youth were able to gain new experiences and skills, mentors helped them express themselves better, and the youth and their families agreed they would love to return to the program if possible. Below we compiled more indicators … Continue reading Progress Report: Band of Brother Set of Sisters


Youth Working for Success Summer Gradution

The Summer session of our Youth Working for Success program wrapped up last week, and the program mentors hosted a ceremony for those who graduated. WHA staff and proud family members joined in congratulating the participants for their work and for their dedication to community involvement. Our mentors also recognized Chad Harris, the young man enrolled in YWFS who … Continue reading Youth Working for Success Summer Gradution


Band of Brothers / Set of Sisters Summer Retreat, Part 2

Day one of our Summer youth mentor program continued with plenty of first-time experiences for our youth.  Horseback riding was a crowd favorite, with almost every camper (and the mentors) having the opportunity to take a horse around the obstacle course. Cabrina was Phantom Lake’s resident horse whisperer and expert equestrian. She was excited to share … Continue reading Band of Brothers / Set of Sisters Summer Retreat, Part 2


Band of Brothers / Set of Sisters Retreat

Youth from the Westside Health Authority & Get In Chicago Summer youth program wrapped up activities with a two-day retreat at Phantom Lake Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. The retreat aimed to offer participants an opportunity to gain new experiences, build teamwork and encourage self-confidence. Fifteen boys and girls from our program were able to enjoy everything … Continue reading Band of Brothers / Set of Sisters Retreat