SAY partners build sustainable change in our neighborhoods

This summer, SAY launched Neighbors Knowing Neighbors (NKN) –  a partnership of area organizations that work together to ensure every child in Oak Park feels known, cared for, and listened to by adults in their neighborhood. 

The Oak Park Regional Housing Center identified neighborhoods where residents face obstacles to connecting and hired interns from those communities to organize a series of block parties. 

The interns managed the process from initial planning and outreach through clean-up. Residents were encouraged to participate and received a block party packet with information they will use to plan and manage future gatherings. Next summer, the NKN partnership will reach out to new neighborhoods, to build sustainable change in our community. 

HYPE (Healthy Youth Peer Educators) Offer Information, Not Blame

Advocate Smart, Healthy Alternatives to Alcohol & Marijuana

The HYPE (Healthy Youth Peer Educators) program at Oak Park and River Forest High School plays an important role in communitywide efforts to reduce teen alcohol and substance use.  Twenty-five sophomores, juniors and seniors, serve as peer mentors who encourage fellow students to make informed decisions and embrace healthier habits.  Team members Mary Vestal, Jorge Boyas, and Anna Gagliardo  stopped by Prevention & Wellness Coordinator, Ginger Colamussi’s office to share what HYPE is doing to make a difference.

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Oak Park, IL 60301

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