The Southwest Region of Chicago is eclectic in ethnicities, finances and resources. This week we researched the census data and statistics and applied them to our neighborhoods to make conclusions about the student populations.

Marquette Park
There are approximately 8526 students between the ages of 0 and 18 living in Marquette Park. Of these students, approximately 3200 studnts participate in the three tutor-mentor programs in the neighborhood. These programs are geographically close to each other, leaving the rest of Marquette Park student population without close proximity to a tutoring programs. If there were more geographically diverse tutoring programs, more students could participate. At this present time, 5300 students have no where to go after school, leaving them prone to gang involvement, drugs and violence.

Gage Park
SWYC and Metro are two of only a handful of community based organizations serving a populous made up of 47,298 families and 36,578 youth ages 10 to 19 years of age in the Gage Park community. Altogether, less than 25% of the student population are serviced by these organizations. This is a tragic percentage, since the population of students is so large. We definitely need to raise that number so that more children in the area can take advantage of the programs offered by tutor/mentoring services.

Chicago Lawn
The total amount of children living in Chicago lawn is about 15,000. With there being a limited amount of tutor/mentor programs in the area, not even a quarter of the children attend them. Some of the programs in the area also only target a specific group of children. With there being so many children living in this neighborhood, there needs to be a stronger initiative for the funding and constructing of tutor/mentor in the area. Even though the community is trying to help and get involved, there also needs to be support from local businesses. The children of Chicago Lawn need these programs.

The Population total is 45,517 including all ages, youths between the ages 10-19 make up 8,759 or 19% of the total demographic.Englewood is lackin in options for available tutor programs which would explain the low number of students which are served which totals at 2588 or aprroximatley 30%. It would be a sounds prediction to say that the remaining students are absorbed by the school run tutor programs.

Bridgeport has a small community consisting of 2,085 people, as of the 2000 U.S. census. There are 171 children five to nine years old, 173 kids 10 to 14 years, and 155 kids 15 to 19 years. Since the community has a pretty low population and the neighborhood has a big tutor-mentoring program as well as various programs in and out of school, the drop-rate and crime rate is pretty low. The proportion of the total number of kids ages five to nineteen, which is around 500, compared to the total number of them in tutor-mentor programs is close enough that they all get a sufficient attention and none of them are neglected like many other neighborhoods with an overwhelming number of kids.