The North Lawndale community on Chicago's west side has many critical social issues, including: economic instability, poor housing, unemployment, inadequate health care, welfare dependency and poor academic achievement. Statistics from the 2007 census show that 48% of community residents live below the poverty line, with the median income being $15,500. The population of North Lawndale is 97% African-American. Sixty percent of the households with children are headed by single women.
Even with some recent growth and revitalization in the North Lawndale community, we are facing serious challenges in the areas of academic underachievement and community safety. EVE is passionate about creating a safe space for the young women of North Lawndale, and providing them with the resources they need to achieve academically.