2017 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment
Founded in 1988, the Westside Health Authority (WHA) is a community-based organization in the neighborhood of Austin, on the west side of Chicago. It serves approximately 22,000 residents each year with projects in local organizing, economic development, employment, youth mentoring and leadership, and reentry for those returning from periods in custody. With this award, WHA establishes the Institute for Business and Social Enterprise of Austin to train youth in civic, social, and commercial enterprises. It also creates a Village Community Fellows Program to give young residents of Austin intensive training and support, followed by the opportunity to run a youth-owned and -controlled business. These initiatives expand on existing mentoring programs found to be effective by independent evaluators. They bring community members and young people together to build a safer and more connected neighborhood while helping the youth to develop entrepreneurial skills.
2002 • 11 months • Community & Economic Development
In support of general operations.
2001 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment
To support a video documentary on building social capital in the African-American community.
2000 • 1 year, 11 months • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance
To support the Austin Violence Prevention Consortium (over two years).
2000 • 2 years • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance
To support a program to increase resident capacity to plan and implement a neighborhood capital improvement project (over two years).
1999 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment
To support a video documentary on the mourning bench, an African-American church tradition.
1998 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance
To support community organizing to improve neighborhood safety.
1998 • 2 years • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance
To strengthen management and research and program evaluation capacity (over two years).
1997 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance
To support Every Block a Village, a project that involves citizen leaders in community planning for violence prevention.
1995 • 2 years
To support the organizing component of the Health Careers Initiative (over two years).