Human Services

Northwestern University Settlement

aka Northwestern Settlement

Chicago, IL


Northwestern Settlement nurtures, educates, and inspires children and families in need, empowering them to take personal responsibility and attain self-sufficiency. This mission helps us achieve our long-term goal of disrupting generational poverty.

Northwestern Settlement is located in Chicago's West Town neighborhood but the majority of our services are open to any Chicago resident. Each year we reach residents in over 90% of Chicago's zip codes.

Ruling Year



Mr. Ron Manderschied

Main Address

1400 W Augusta Blvd

Chicago, IL 60642 USA


social services, youth, arts, education, emergency services, charter school





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

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What we aim to solve New!

Generational poverty and its hallmarks (unemployment, lack of opportunity, poor educational outcomes, hunger) plague Chicago's communities. Each generation deserves to be better educated, more financially secure, and more empowered to set and reach aspirational goals.

Our programs

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Rowe Elementary School

Early Childhood Education

Adventure Stage Chicago

AmeriCorps Project YES!

House In The Wood

Food Pantry and Family Services

After School Program

Where we workNew!

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Northwestern Settlement aims to disrupt generational poverty, one family at a time. The Settlement's basic needs programs provide human support that is small scale, neighborly, and without judgement. Such programming provides short-term change. More lasting, long-term change comes from programs that educate and inspire. These programs increase civic awareness, personal assets, and public participation. The net impact of all of these services when they reach all members of the family is generational change, resulting in engaged citizens who can obtain and advocate for their needs.

Through education, social services, and the arts, Northwestern Settlement works toward academic achievement for the children served, direct assistance for families in crisis, and the use of theatre to discuss important issues and empower children.
• Rowe Elementary is a college-prep charter school that aims to prepare all its students for college acceptance and success.
• Early Childhood Education offers full-day, year-round programming and emphasizes socializing and reaching academic expectations needed to succeed in kindergarten while also providing parent support.
• House in the Wood looks to provide low-income youth with the opportunity to explore, learn, and achieve personal growth in an outdoor environment.
• Adventure Stage Chicago works to engage communities to hear stories of young heroes and inspire students to be heroes in their own lives.
• AmeriCorps Project YES! works to serve the community by supporting academics, alternates to destructive behavior, and an ethic of service.
• The Food Pantry and Support Services provide over 4,000 neighbors with essentials such as food, clothing, toiletries, and furniture. We also provide referrals to other resources available to them and connect community members with all our services.
• Our youth after school and summer programs offer safe, structured activities outside of school that improve personal safety and nutrition skills, independent learning, and connect classroom learning to other aspects of life outside of school.

Northwestern Settlement has over 150 staff members. Staff turnover is low, and senior staff members average fifteen years with the organization.

Programs operate from logic models with clearly defined goals and objectives. Whenever applicable, staff utilize research-based curricula and assessments to administer programs. For instance, Rowe Elementary uses ANet assessments for academics and DESSA assessments for social-emotional learning, and Early Childhood Education utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold.

Northwestern Settlement also has a wide network of community partners including the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, American Camp Association, Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and League of Chicago Theatres.

Northwestern Settlement and its programs have received widespread recognition for their work:
• Rowe Elementary has a Level 1 quality rating from Chicago Public Schools.
• House In The Wood camp received the American Camp Association's national Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence in 2016 due to its development of effective and creative responses to our neighbors' needs using a camp environment. The camp is also accredited by the American Camp Association.
• Early Childhood Education is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and ExceleRate Illinois.
• Adventure Stage Chicago received the 2012 Illinois Theatre Association Award of Excellence in Theatre for Young Audiences.
• The Bright Promises Foundation 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to our president, Ron Manderschied, and honors his work improving the lives of Illinois children at the Settlement since 1981.

Major goals and achievements from the past year include:
• Nearly 85% of Rowe Elementary's 8th graders matriculate into the top 20% of CPS high schools (by average ACT score).
• At our After School Programs, 89% of students say they think that the program helps them be better students, and 85% say they believe they will have a brighter future because of the program.
• AmeriCorps Project YES! achieved its goal of 85% of program participants showing an increased interest in community service.
• The Early Childhood Education had 100% of students meet or exceed developmental expectations in reading and 91% in math. 97% of children met or exceeded expectations for developing social-emotional skills.
• The Food Pantry provided food and other essentials for 4,402 individuals.
• 94% of House In The Wood campers displayed growth in independence, 91% grew their responsibility, and 93% increased teamwork skills.
• At Adventure Stage Chicago, our Neighborhood Bridges program displayed growth in at least one skill set (dramatic arts, creative writing, communication, valuing ensemble work) for 75% of the students that participated in.

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Awards & Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation

Affiliations & Memberships

United Neighborhood Centers of America

American Camp Association - Member

National Guild for Community Arts Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Northwestern University Settlement

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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