Little Village Bold goal

By 2020, increase the percentage of healthy weight children between the ages of 2 and 17 in Marshall Square from 51 percent to 60 percent.

Where we’ve been

The Little Village Neighborhood Network is committed to supporting the health and well-being of residents in Little Village and Marshall Square—with an emphasis on developing community resiliency through health and education initiatives.

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Community resiliency

  • Adopted the Coordinated Community Response framework to improve responsiveness to domestic violence incidents.
  • Held 5th annual Peace March.


  • Hammond Elementary created a community garden.
  • Two trauma-informed trainings were held in partnership with Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, a coalition of businesses, organizations and community partners dedicated to understanding the impact of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
  • More than 2,000 children aged 17 and under received developmental screenings and weight monitoring. Their parents received nutritional guidance.
  • 148 children aged 17 and under received family-centric assessments and treatment for developmental, emotional, behavioral and learning issues including sleep, trauma, depression and eating issues.
  • Early detection screenings and consultations were provided to teens who showed signs of depression.


  • 100 residents attended the inaugural Marshall Square Education Summit, which offered bilingual workshops on social emotional learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, immigration, conflict resolution and wellness.
  • More than 80 parents across four schools received training in social-emotional learning in an effort to improve educational outcomes and relationships between children, parents and staff.

Where we’re going

Moving forward, the Little Village Neighborhood Network will continue working together to create a peaceful community with a wellness-focused mindset.

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  • A Peace Committee was established as a coordinated community response team that can assist families and students who face domestic violence. The committee is organizing and conducting trauma-informed trainings with Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative.
  • To address issues around deportation, Latinos Progresando, the network partners and the Consulate General of Mexico co-hosted an immigration forum for after-school coordinators and assistant principals from Chicago Public Schools.


  • The Little Village Neighborhood Network is planning a wellness summit to aid residents in developing holistically healthy lifestyles.
  • A walkability implementation plan is being developed to continue building health and safety among residents.

Hear from your neighbors and supporters

Jennifer Idrovo

Neighborhood Network Director, Marshall Square Resource Network

“We realize our streets aren’t the best places for our children to be. In order to promote a healthy lifestyle, we have to make them safe.”

Lori Flores Rolfson

VP Operations & Maintenance, Peoples Gas

“Peoples Gas has a rich history of caring for the communities it serves, which is why we partner with United Way and support its Neighborhood Network Initiative, [particularly] the efforts in Little Village. Together, we keep life moving by supporting programs that strengthen neighborhoods and support education.”

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