neighbors knowing neighborsNeighbors Knowing Neighbors

We have an opportunity to increase our young people's sense of belonging.


The Neighbors Knowing Neighbors initiative ensures that every child in Oak Park feels known, cared for, and listened to by adults in their neighborhood.

Even in Oak Park, where caring adults and educators provide access to a wealth of resources, many of our young people miss the tremendous opportunities available -  because they have not connected with their neighbors. 

This is especially true of youth who live in high-density neighborhoods with multi-unit buildings or on the many east-west streets that bisect the village.  They are at a disadvantage because engaged neighbors provide social stability and serve as an important channel of community information.

To address this challenge, SAY (Success of All Youth) partnered with the Oak Park Regional Housing Center (OPRHC) to launch the Neighbors Knowing Neighbors initiative –  a partnership of area organizations that work together to ensure that every child in Oak Park and River Forest feels a sense of connectedness and belonging to adults in their neighborhood.

SAY partner, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, identifies neighborhoods where residents face obstacles to connecting and hires outreach interns from those communities to organize a series of block parties.The interns learn management and leadership skills through interactions with landlords, community resource organizations and public works, as they support residents in creating an event that fosters trust and a sense of community. 

Afterwards, residents will have the tools to make their block party a tradition.  The Neighbors Knowing Neighbors team will continue to grow connections in new neighborhoods – block by block – one door at a time.

see NKN in action

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