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