Community Partners

Our community partners have served as part of the Academy steering committee and help to guide the development of new projects and opportunities. For Fellows, our community partners can serve as sites for service work and volunteer experiences. Each partner offers access to different populations and service experiences. They are dedicated to the mission of the Academy and to helping our students develop competence in working with diverse populations.

El Valor

El Valor was founded in 1973 by the late Guadalupe Reyes, a visionary leader and mother who dreamed of a community in which all members, including her son with special needs, could live, learn and work. From its roots in the Hispanic community, El Valor has grown into a nationally recognized multicultural, multipurpose organization with a mission that reaches millions through its International Public Awareness Campaign. El Valor’s mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and participate fully in community life. Our programs exist to enrich and empower people with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the underserved. El Valor seeks to be the best in the nation in early childhood and youth enrichment, to be a premier organization developing Hispanic leadership, and to be an international model for inclusion of people with disabilities.

Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance

Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance carries out the healing mission of the Catholic Church as an Alexian Brothers ministry by identifying and developing effective responses to the health and housing needs of those we are called to serve. The vision of Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance is to transform the lives of people within a compassionate, supportive community by providing: A Home; Comprehensive Services and Spiritual Care. For over 20 years Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance has been serving people impacted by chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS in the Chicago metropolitan region, providing housing, comprehensive services, and spiritual care. Whether at The Harbor in Waukegan, IL, Bonaventure House on the North Side of Chicago or at Bettendorf Place on the South Side of Chicago, we transform the lives of people who are homeless and living with chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS within a supportive, compassionate community.

Association House

Since 1899, Association House has worked with Chicagoans who seek tools to lead more productive lives. It is one of the oldest "settlement houses" in Chicago originally designed to provide relief and guidance to new immigrants. Today, Association House is a vital resource to under-served, multicultural communities, providing collaborative programs in English and Spanish. We promote health and wellness, educational advancement, and economic empowerment. With a staff of over 200 professionals, Association House impacts the lives of nearly 20,000 children, individuals and families each year in the neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, West Town, Logan Square, Avondale, Hermosa, and beyond.

Mile Square Health Center

The mission of Mile Square Health Center is to provide holistic, quality health services in the midst of an underserved, urban community. The concept of holistic services includes not only actions to restore health, but also to prevent disease, promote healthy life styles and provide personalized support to individuals and families. Community education, outreach, advocacy and caring involvement are important attributes of our mission. To achieve these goals, we acknowledge that our practice arena extends well beyond a "building" and into the heart of the community. We acknowledge our responsibility to treat all we serve with dignity and respect regardless of worldly status, race, ethnicity or individuality. We further acknowledge our obligation to care in a manner that is free of racial or cultural bias and accepting of differences among and within culture.