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Logan Square Neighborhood Association/Leaders Shaping Neighborhood Action (LSNA) is a community-based organization advancing diversity, leader development, and models for engagement as the catalyst for social justice.

Statement of Work

We are a multi-issue community organization, directly serving more than 6,500 residents across the Logan Square, Hermosa, and Avondale neighborhoods of Chicago, and impacting tens of thousands more through nationally-recognized issue campaigns and programs. Every piece of LSNA’s work is done in deep consultation and partnership with leaders in the communities we serve. Thirty-eight community institutions including schools, churches, block clubs, and agencies are members of LSNA. Additionally, LSNA is a leader in deep city- and state-wide coalitions in order to achieve our collective goals.

 LSNA believes that through the love of our community, all people can lift their voices collectively, lead with strength and power, and shape our neighborhood with vitality. All of our work is integrated toward building a community in which mostly low-income, immigrant families have opportunities to be more engaged in the decisions that impact their lives, to connect with larger networks for greater impact, and to move toward prosperity.

 LSNA is working to address the root causes of poverty and community instability, which we interpret as lack of affordable housing, inadequate quality education, fear and isolation due to discrimination, and limited access to jobs with growth opportunities. We are working to improve local public schools by transforming them as centers of community, developing parents as leaders, and providing integrated supports to both students and their families. We lead innovative efforts on immigrant integration, early childhood education, and bilingual/bicultural workforce and curricula that provide career opportunities for traditionally isolated residents, while our youth leaders nurture restorative justice and inspire community healing. LSNA stewards policies that protect tenants’ rights and support diverse communities, as we believe that preventing the displacement of residents and the loss of rental housing stock is crucial to our other efforts that target the root causes of poverty. With stable housing, families can keep their children in local schools and maintain their social capital and efficacy through the web of relationships they have built in local institutions and through the leadership development opportunities they enjoy as LSNA participants. They will continue to enjoy a community with improving schools, safe streets, expanded park space, and good transit. With strategies in place to minimize displacement, our community will offer an alternative to Chicago’s historic patterns of racial and economic segregation. 

 Current Programs

  • A nationally-recognized Parent Mentor Program that trains 125 parents—the vast majority Latinx and African American—to work daily in the classrooms of nine local public schools, impacting over 2,500 students annually;
  • A Parent Engagement Institute that focuses on training and capacity building for Parent Mentor Program replication on a regional and national level—850 Parent Mentors are working in 117 schools throughout Illinois in partnership with 23 community organizations, impacting approximately 18,000 students;
  • Provision of academic and cultural enrichment opportunities to 400 school-age children through LSNA’s Sustainable Community School/Community Learning Center models at McAuliffe and Mozart elementary schools;
  • The Grow Your Own Illinois Teacher Cohort, which helps community members become licensed teachers (most bilingual/bicultural) in their neighborhood schools;
  • Leadership, service learning, and workforce development opportunities at the high school level—the work of LSNA youth leaders has helped guide LSNA’s new organizing model, which combines trauma-informed healing practices with policy change and direct action;
  • Partnering with Schurz High School as a lead partner organization in the inaugural Sustainable Community Schools initiative. Through this partnership, we are co-developing a school-based Immigrant Resource Center, placing bilingual/bicultural parents in classrooms, providing restorative justice training, offering student-led afterschool programming and parent programming around cultural and wellness, and other programs;
  • an Immigration Team that organizes and provides DACA, citizenship, and other legal services, while also urging for welcoming communities and immigration reform;
  • Mobilizing inter-generational campaigns to promote housing stability and affordability; and
  • A Quality of Life Planning Initiative for the Hermosa and West Logan Square neighborhoods.


History and Mission

Avondale Neighborhood Association Founded in 1962, LSNA initially explored ways to improve economic… Continue

    Board of Directors 2018-2019

    The LSNA Board of Directors is a 14-member body elected by the LSNA Member Action Council every… Continue

      Staff as of January 1, 2019

      Nancy Aardema- Executive Director (773)384-4370 ext 119 2840 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60618… Continue

        Member Institutions 2019-2020

        Logan Square Neighborhood Association's membership is comprised of community institutions such as… Continue


          Gold Sponsors ($2,500-$3,999) Office of Alderman Roberto Maldonado 2511 W. Division St. Chicago, IL… Continue

            Issues and Programs

            Issue areas that LSNA works on through programs, organizing and leadership development. Housing In… Continue

            Career Opportunities

            Job openings at LSNA or other local organizations.

            Volunteer Opportunities

            Opportunities to volunteer with LSNA and other organizations.

            Holistic Plan

            Logan Square Neighborhood Association's Holistic Plans:

            Donate to LSNA Annual Campaign

            Dear LSNA Supporter, Whether or not you live in the Logan Square, Avondale, or Hermosa areas you… Continue

              FY 2018 Institutional and Government Funders

                New Communities Site


                  Sponsorship Opportunities

                  Sponsorship Opportunities Logan Square Neighborhood Association has worked with community leaders… Continue

                    Community Capacity Building - From the Ground Up (February 2003)

                    From the Ground Up

                      Resumen del Plan Disponible en Español

                      El plan de calidad de vida de Logan Square está disponible en español. El plan está en formato de… Continue