Improving Lake County in 3 Areas

Community Spotlight: North Chicago Think Tank (1/3)

Improving Lake County in 3 Areas

At Adelante Center, we focus exclusively on developing programs and projects that benefit Lake County and the surrounding areas. In this community spotlight series, we are excited to introduce you all to the North Chicago Think Tank. This incredible, nonprofit organization is focused on equality and creating solutions for local socio-political issues. 

They are able to collaborate with others to improve overall effectiveness of their programming. It’s truly inspiring to hear how they continue to improve the quality of life for the community of North Chicago, Illinois.

Continue reading our community spotlight series for more insight! 

This is an interview with William Coleman (aka Billy), Executive Director. 

Content has been updated to suit video format. Below is a transcription of the video.

At the Adelante Center, we focus on developing programs and projects that benefit Lake County and the surrounding areas. In this week's community spotlight, we connected with North Chicago Think Tank.


What are three important issues or improvements that could be addressed in the next year to help the average citizen in Lake County?

I think there are three things that can be improved over the course of the next year. Three issues:

  1. Violence
  2. Health
  3. Education



I think when it comes to violence, we can do the work to better understand systemic violence and its relationship to us and the physical violence we're seeing play out in communities like North Chicago.



In regards to health, while we work on larger social determinants of health, we can look at micro actions that we can take every day to help us better manage our physical and mental health.



And in regards to education, there's so much information out there, but not a lot of it is demystified enough to be digestible for the folks who really need to read it. We can start implementing Demystification projects immediately to help folks better understand all of this important information that is in front of them.

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About Us:

"We are nonprofit, anti-racist, equity focused organization that empowers & centers the voices of community members while building bridges to "seats at the table" where decisions are made. We collaborate with strategic planners, program developers, state & federal grant owners, government agencies, community-based organizations, program administrators, and boots on the ground outreach teams to improve the effectiveness of programming aimed at improving the quality of life for the community of North Chicago, Illinois."  Learn More>>

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