Education Collaboration Network: Process and Participants


The Foundations of East Chicago continues to play a leadership role in improving the lives of the citizens of East Chicago through assisting organizations in developing strategies and building capacity. Community collaborations offer one solution to building capacity to help improve the lives of children and families. The Foundations of East Chicago is, in effect, “teaching them to fish” thereby empowering organizations to build sustainability by seeking multiple, sustainable funding streams. By working collaboratively, the organizations and agencies involved bring their knowledge and experience together on behalf of our process, which serves the best interests of youth and families in East Chicago.


Aimed at forming partnerships between local agency representatives and government entities, this collaborative effort, Education Collaboration Network (ED-CN), operates within a supportive atmosphere in order to systematically develop solutions to existing and emerging challenges.


ED-CN success has become dependent on the assurance that appropriate and diverse members are brought to the partnership. We contracted professionals to facilitate the process. The following organizations have participated throughout the collaboration network process:


• Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana
• Calumet College of St. Joseph
• Communities In Schools of East Chicago
• East Chicago Arts Initiative
• East Chicago Community Alliance of Education
• East Chicago Education Foundation
• East Chicago Public Library
• Faith Temple Church Of God In Christ
• Grace Missionary Baptist Church
• Holistic Community Coalition
• Iglesia del Nazareno East Chicago
• Northwest Indiana Interfaith Federation
• International Community Alliance
• Ivy Tech Community College – Plazas Comunitarias
• Junior Achievement of Chicago
• New Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
• Mission of Jesus Christ Non-Denominational Church
• Office of Hispanic Ministries
• Robertson Child Development Center
• South Shore Arts
• St. Stanislaus School
• Washington Elementary School
• Workforce Development Services
• Youth of East Chicago


The following organizations participated in one or more Education Collaboration Network meetings:


• East Chicago Central High School
• East Chicago Pop Warner
• Heartland Center


To learn more about our collaborative approach, check out our strategic plan. To learn more about our partners and grantees and receive future updates, visit our website, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.