In 2009, the West Side Community Center (WSCC) launched programs in Waukegan, IL to bridge educational and vocational disparities within families of youth in our community. In an effort to fulfill its mission of strengthening youth and their families to become strengthened community members, WSCC began to launch programs with limited start-up community partners and private donors funding. WSCC established a learning center, which consisted of a reading library, donated and upgraded computers, and with donated funding for internet connection. From the donations of equipment, technical service, and donated space, WSCC provided a safe space for students to complete homework and research during after school hours. WSCC enrolled middle and high school students into that after school program. With an unlimited vision and limited funding, WSCC provided the same learning laboratory to senior citizens in the community to strengthen their skills in computer and reading. WSCC had begun to accomplish its mission! One year after the launch, WSCC could see how the Youth in our programs were being strengthened as they started performing better academically and had become more interested in attending college and vocational programs. Because of their success and in an effort to continue our mission, WSCC began awarding book scholarships to students graduating from high school and enrolling into colleges. To date, we have awarded over 50 scholarships. Additionally, WSCC provided Historically Black College and University scholarship tours to academically successful high school students. Currently, students and families know WSCC as an inclusive Community Center that offers programs to strengthen them in areas of education, relation, vocation, and family.
Our Board Members
WSCC offers several programs to bridge the gap for the underserved families in our communities. WSCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and serves the communities of Waukegan, Beach Park, Zion, North Chicago, and Park City in suburban Chicago. We rely on grants from corporations and foundations, donations from individuals, businesses, fundraisers, and volunteers to help fund the resources and support we provide to these communities. We welcome and thank you in advance for your support of our Mission and Vision to bridge the gap and help provide the much needed resources to our community.