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Driving the Next Decade of Transformation

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West Side Forward's commitment to community transformation focuses on our mission to substantially reduce poverty on Chicago’s West Side.

Utilizing tactics that will move 63,000 people into income generating and wealth building opportunities that can sustain their families, our vision of an economically thriving community includes opportunities to increase income and wealth for local residents with a hyperfocus on building the local economy through small business development and training the local workforce.

West Side Forward's major tactics to reduce concentrated poverty involve:

  • Building a self-sustaining West Side economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.
  • Strengthening community capacity to benefit from community investment.
  • Creating jobs in the community and the larger region.
  • Preparing, connecting and supporting West Side residents in attaining sustainable living wage careers.
  • Supporting policies and systems that help communities thrive.

Thank you for considering a gift to West Side Forward. Your investment will help to continue providing innovative high impact services to train workers, support entrepreneurs and nurture the resurgence of thriving West Side communities.