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Children and youth within greater East St. Louis are thriving.



We value honesty and transparency, are accountable and count-on able, and work to cultivate trust through our words and actions


We value the dignity and worth of all people, believe in the power of learning and working together, and are committed to fostering shared leadership and accountability


We exist to transform inequitable conditions, are committed to living out inclusion, and ensure the voice and leadership of residents, especially youth, drive our decisions and activities


In 2015, community members developed a bold agenda--The East Side Aligned Roadmap--aimed at creating the conditions for all children and youth within the East St. Louis School District 189 footprint to be:

  • Healthy and Safe in their Environments

  • Socially Connected and Emotionally Secure

  • Successful in School, College, and Work

  • Positively Engaged in their Community

Comprised of over 180 strategies, the Roadmap reflects the community's aspirations for young people as well as the willingness of people and organizations to work together to create the conditions for children and youth to thrive across the cradle-to-career journey. 

In 2022, East Side Aligned, the organization, was formed to sustain the work of strengthening community collaboration to facilitate systems transformation with and for young people.


Click here to meet our board of directors and staff.

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