Who we are.
The Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community is a community-based effort to radically improve the trajectory of children’s lives in Woodlawn, neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside. We promote whole child development in every important aspect of a child’s life—before, during, and after school the school day; at home; and across the neighborhood. WCPC has been build from the ground up, systematically engaging community-based organizations, parents, educators, local leaders, and civic institutions to work together as partners in education.
What we do.
WCPC partners with nine public elementary schools and two high schools in Woodlawn to serve as a hub of resources, programs, and supports that directly impact children and families. Rather than schools within a two-mile radius working in isolation from each other, WCPC promotes partnership and collaboration between the school district, local school leadership, families, and other key partners to develop a community of schools working together.
WCPC aims to change the odds for Woodlawn children and youth by focusing on three central areas:
- the quality of instruction and leadership in schools
- expanded and realigned supports for youth and families, in school and out
- family and community assets focused on positive educational outcomes
WCPC has a variety of programs and initiatives which promote School Development , Youth Development, and Community Organizing/Community Development. We work directly with teachers and school staff to promote distributive leadership centered on quality educational supports. We also host trainings and partner with local organizations to develop parents and residents as advocates for education. For more information about our work, click here for our programs and initiatives.