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COMMUNITY NEEDS AND ASSETS ASSESSMENT

CNAA SUMMARY

The I Project is in the process of conducting a Community Needs and Assets Assessment using Center for Disease Control methodology. This is key to ensuring that the work we do is done in direct collaboration and alignment with the community and its needs. We recognize that our work to ensure the stability of the classroom is not effective unless every child is exposed to holistic stability. The completion of our Community Needs and Assets Assessment will allow us to gauge what is most inhibiting the families of South Shore, which will be followed by direct action and advocacy for those causes. The Community Needs Assessment will catalyze groundbreaking, community-oriented initiatives that will comprise the Education Emancipation campaign.

METHODOLOGY

Our team devised the Community Needs and Assets Assessment by first identifying the key aspects of a person's life that ultimately factor into their quality of life and overall mobility. We broke this down into 5 primary groups:

domestic

education

environment

health

leisure

THE 5 SECTORS OF A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

  • socioeconomic standing

  • demographics (i.e. race, gender, age, etc.)

  • education level

  • employment

  • # of supermarkets and access to diverse food groups

  • # of liquor stores

  • # of green spaces

  • # of enrichment activities

  • school infrastructure

  • curriculum + college prep resources

  • special education resources

  • physical activity

  • mental health services

  • substance abuse treatment services

  • medical services + health care

  • healthy eating education

  • # of diverse leisure activities

  • summer/winter vacation youth enrichment activities 

  • accessibility to leisure

Our team then created questions corresponding to each sector we identified to ensure that the data we collected captured the full picture of the community assessed.

DATA COLLECTION

Once these questions were converted into a survey, we worked with local businesses, schools, and community organizations in South Shore to distribute the survey to residents and community members. 

We also held our Day of Action during August of 2018 to solicit data with the help of 100+ volunteer canvassers who went door-to-door to speak directly with South Shore residents and distribute the surveys. Learn more about our Day of Action by  following the link below to access our press release on the day.

Special thanks to Jetzi Calvin for editing and compiling this video. Find more of her work: @jetziinthesky. Subscribe to us on YouTube at The I Project to stay up to date on what we're up to!

We believe in the power of asking a community what it needs before acting. That sentiment guides the work of our team. We have a lot of big plans, and in order to enact those plans we need resources! Please donate and help us continue this revolutionary work! Your dollar can make a huge difference in advancing the work we do to foster equitable communities in Chicago and beyond.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

south shore, chicago 2018: day of action