The gathering will bring together hundreds of street-level experts in everything from youth programming and safety to retail development and health care. Chicago practitioners will be joined by counterparts from other cities around the nation that are launching similar comprehensive community development programs.Below are details of the five tours. Find the full conference schedule and more information here.
LOGAN SQUARE: SCHOOLS
Learn how the Logan Square Neighborhood Association built a nationally recognized program of parent and community involvement at school-based "community learning centers" that offer afternoon and evening programming.
WEST HAVEN: RETURNING PRISONERS
St. Leonard's Ministries explains how it helps former prisoners re-enter the community through training, supportive housing and attention to basic needs. Includes discussion with program participants and tour of the Michael Barlow Center and its food-service training kitchen.
PILSEN: JOBS AND MORE
Visit the Instituto del Progreso Latino , which offers comprehensive bi-lingual programming ranging from adult education and immigration services to financial counseling and employment services at its Center for Working Families.
QUAD COMMUNITIES: REBIRTH
The Cottage Grove Revitalization Initiative combines student-created artworks, CleanSlate beautification crews, city investments and aggressive retail recruitment – and it is getting results. Hosted by Quad Communities Development Corporation and Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center .
LITTLE VILLAGE: PARTNERSHIP
Take a trip to densely populated La Villita (Little Village), where a university, corporate sponsor and local public schools are working with Little Village Community Development Corporation to develop a dormitory for student teachers working in the community – plus a new community center and park.