WCPC was established in part to organize community assets around Woodlawn schools. Our work is rooted in the guiding principles of local community organizing to build a constituency of individuals with common goals for children and families.
Local community leaders, educators, and institutions such as the Chicago Public Schools, the New Communities Program – Woodlawn and the University of Chicago began dialogues in 2008 as part of a community-based quality-of-life planning process. The late Bishop Arthur M. Brazier—Pastor Emeritus of Apostolic Church of God and an iconic figure in community organizing and Chicago’s civic life for more than four decades—spearheaded these efforts and served as WCPC’s founding chairperson. WCPC became a nonprofit organization in 2009 to establish a network of families, schools, and other partners to strengthen the quality of education available in Woodlawn.