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Disrupting Generational


Since 1891.


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Our Mission

We disrupt generational poverty by supporting, preparing, and empowering young people at distinct stages of life to break down barriers on their path to success in adulthood.

Our History

Click below to watch a video about the history of Northwestern Settlement.

Here is what

we do.


To disrupt generational poverty, we must first ensure that we are doing our part to help meet the basic needs of those who access our services. By helping to provide everyday necessities, we are removing one of the many barriers faced by those we serve.


Providing access to high-quality education and youth development is one of the most important ways we fight to end the cycle of poverty. Our school and youth development programs provide rigorous academic instruction and co-curricular activities while complementing the student experience with everything Settlement programs have to offer. 


We find inspiration in all of our programs and hope that our programs inspire those we have the privilege of serving. Our programs and services help young people imagine a world beyond their own by introducing them to new and exciting experiences and learning opportunities. 


Our Work in Action

Our programs have been changing lives for more than 130 years. Click below to learn more about the ways in which we are living out our mission through the services that matter most to our families.



Number of children enrolled in our Early Childhood Education program which provides childcare, education, and meals for working families.

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Number of meals served to neighbors in need in 2021.


Hours of service we provided to those in need through our different programs.

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Number of shows and events we have hosted for children and organizations since 2018.



Percentage of our scholars who matriculate to high school.

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Average number of activities we have for schools in the Illinois and Wisconsin area.  These activities benefit thousands of children in need.

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Number of children currently enrolled in our After School program.

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Number of patients we treat per year through our low cost mental health services.

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Number of children we have helped in the last year deal with family substance abuse and loss of a loved one.

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