Our Community Partners come from all sectors of Oak Park and River Forest. They invest a significant amount of time and effort to implement collective impact – because it works. With SAY’s support, they share resources to develop and manage initiatives that will make our community a place where all children can reach their full potential.

Communityworks gave birth to SAY, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation has given SAY a home, and it is our many community partners and residents that continue to nurture the work.

Our Communities

Oak Park and River Forest strive to create communities where every child/youth is empowered to reach her/his full potential and where race/ethnicity, family income/education, gender/sexual orientation, and learning style are not barriers to achievement. 

The Village of Oak Park shares its eastern border, Austin Boulevard, with the West Side of the city of Chicago. The Village of River Forest lies just west of Oak Park. With a total population of 51,988 people, Oak Park is the 29thlargest municipality in Illinois. River Forest has a population of 11,088. Oak Park is known for its architecture and diversity while River Forest is home to Dominican University and Concordia University Chicago.

River Forest K-8 School District 90 has 2 elementary schools (K-4), one of which has been awarded the “National Blue Ribbon,” and one middle school (5-8). Oak Park School District 97 has 8 elementary schools (K-5) and 2 middle schools (6-8). Both communities share one (9-12) Oak Park River Forest High School District 200.

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1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301

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