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Where we work
Englewood and Auburn Gresham
The Englewood and Auburn-Gresham communities of Chicago represent census track #6810. The median household income ( in 2009 inflation adjusted dollars ) is $21,515 with an unemployment rate of 10%. 23.5% of the total households in the community have incomes of less than $10,000 and 14% have incomes of between $10,000 and $14,999, another 16.9% of the community residents have incomes between $14,999 and $24,999. A total54.4% of the residents have incomes below $24,999. The average number in the house hold is 5 individuals per household.
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Our programs address barriers to self-sufficiency such as lack of positive adult mentors for children, low academic achievement and social development, violent environments and health-related problems.

Many parents in Englewood struggle to provide the guidance that children need to become successful in school and beyond. In 2008, 60% of children in Englewood were living in poverty. Of 8,221 family households, 43% are headed by single parents who have children ages 18 and under. Often, these parents are not able to provide adequate academic and social support for their children, due to their own low literacy levels and the stress that comes with poverty. Approximately 7,049 individuals age 25 and older do not have a high school diploma or its equivalency. Studies show that poverty can negatively affect people’s mental health and ability to be effective parents. Low-income parents can experience severe mental stress, and can find it difficult to balance the competing demands of raising a family; thus, they are not able to provide a healthy, stimulating environment for their children.

Students at local public schools show poor academic achievement. In 2009, only 49% of students at Bass Elementary School met or exceeded state learning standards, compared to a district-wide rate of 68%. An abysmal 2% of Robeson High School students met or exceeded the state’s learning goals as measured by standardized tests, and only 45% were able to graduate in 2009.

Youth in this community are at risk for dropping out of school and for engaging in violent behaviors. In 2009, the local high school’s dropout rate was 17%, the truancy rate was 74% and the attendance rate was only 60%. Due to limited education and lack of positive recreational opportunities in the community, many young people become involved in gangs and delinquent activities. In 2009, there were 393 violent crimes and 777 non-violent crimes reported per square mile in Englewood.

Finally, due to lack of access to preventive health care, health and nutrition education, and safe spaces in which to exercise, youth in Englewood contend with serious health problems, including obesity. In 2005, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) selected Englewood as one of 6 community areas (out of 77) that need to address the epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity.

Recognizing these barriers, Community Outreach Volunteers has designed holistic programs that seek to promote young people’s physical health, life skills and leadership, and academic development. Integrated within these programs are services that emphasize parental involvement and the importance of community service.
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