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Looking to Help Migrants and Unhoused Chicagoans This Winter? Here’s What the City Recommends (WTTW Chicago)October 2023 "With winter fast approaching, the city of Chicago is reminding people that asylum seekers and homeless residents are in need of clothing, toiletries and other items." Instituto is featured in an article with WTTW highlighting it's efforts with Project AMOR to support the recent Migrant Arrivals. Thank you for the continued support of our work. For more information or to get involved please visit: https://e.givesmart.com/events/wKo/
Chicago alderman, nonprofit host workshop to help migrants apply for Temporary Protected Status(WGN 9) October 2023
"As Chicago faces the task of welcoming nearly 20,000 migrants into the city, a small number are being helped by a troop of volunteers who are trying to ease the burden of government paperwork.34th Ward Alderman Bill Conway and the Instituto del Progreso Latino hosted a workshop to help new arrivals from Venezuela apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which enables migrants from 16 countries designated unsafe by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to legally work and live in the United States for up to 18 months."
Migrant Aid Groups Weigh in on Increase of New Arrivals, Help Needed WGN News(October 2023) Karina Ayala-Bermejo, CEO and President of the Instituto del Progreso Latino and member of the Illinois Latino Agenda, joins WGN-TV Political Report. You can find the city’s Amazon Wishlist to help new arrivals here.
A Chicago College is Helping Fight the Latino Nursing Shortage Happening Across the Country ABC 7 News (September 2023)
With fewer than 8,000 nurses graduating in Illinois each year, bridging the gap is becoming near impossible. Furthermore, in a city where nearly 30% of the population is Latino and only 6% of nurses are- bilingual, bicultural nurses like Coria and Garcia are at a premium. We're hoping to generate as many bilingual, bi-cultural nurses as possible," said Ayala-Bermejo.
A Year Later: Reports on the Ground WGN (September 2023) Thursday marks one year since the first asylum-seeking migrants arrived in Chicago after being bused over from Texas, with some community members commemorating the date, NBC Chicago’s Lexi Sutter reports.
A day with Chicago migrants: Sleeping in tents, Hoping for Progress. WBEZ(July 2023) A team of @WBEZ embedded for a day on Chicago's SW Side to tell the stories of the everyday people helping thousands of migrants and to understand what's at stake across the city. Read more to see how Instituto and other organizations are assisting New Arrivals in Chicago.
"Some advocates say that could be avoided with creative solutions. For example, rather than leases being entered into directly by an asylum seeker, Ayala-Bermejo is proposing nonprofits themselves be the lessees. Ayala-Bermejo said the strategy can ease landlords’ concerns, while nonprofits assume some of the risk and financial liability and continue to work with asylum seekers to provide wraparound services. Ayala-Bermejo said she’s had preliminary discussions with lenders, other nonprofits and the city, including with members of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration, about taking “the leap of faith” to pursue a novel approach that she hopes could be a viable long-term solution." Click here to read more.
What's Happening on the Ground for IDPL? WCIU 26 (June 2023) Mayor Lori Lightfoot has declared a state of emergency in Chicago, hoping to free up resources so the city can better respond to the growing migrant crisis. A number of Chicago organizations have banned together to help handle the migrant surge. This includes Instituto Del Progreso Latino. Karina Ayala-Bermejo, President and CEO, joins us in the studio to give us a sense of what's happening on the ground for the organization.
State of Emergency Declared with New Migrants Arrivals Fox News 32 (May 2023) Chicago has seen over 8,000 asylum-seekers enter the city since last summer and about 450 of those people are using police stations as shelters. Title 42 is expected to be lifted on May 11, which may result in even more buses as all of the city's respite centers reach capacity. Watch this interview with CEO Karina Ayala-Bermejo above.
LatinoLeadership under the Next Chicago Mayor WTTW (April 2023) Our COO, Carlos A. Jaramillo, sat down on a panel with WTTW Chicago to speak about what Latino Leadership might look like under the next Chicago Mayor. Please take the time to watch this great panel on WTTW with Instituto del Progreso Latino COO Carlos A. Jaramillo, Alderperson Jessie Fuentes, and Manuel Perez. " It is great to see more Latinos in high level positions across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Collectively, however, there is more work to be done..."
- Instituto del Progreso Latino COO, Carlos Jaramillo
Chicago Teens Testing Political Waters In Iowa WBEZ (January 2020)
Students from Instituto Health Sciences and Career Academy, along with English teacher Sabrina Anfossi-Kareem and other students from Naperville, Buffalo Grove and North Chicago, canvassed in Des Moines, Iowa for Democratic candidates ahead of the first 2020 presidential caucus on February 3, 2020. This trip was organized by Mikva Challenge. Students also attended a caucus set up youth summit to discuss issues they care about, including climate change, immigration, LGBTQ+ issues and jobs for teens.
Students Seek More Latinx Exhibits at Chicago History Museum CBS News, Channel 2 (November 2019)
On Thursday, November 14, 2019, students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy met with six members of the Chicago History Museum’s staff and leadership to share their concerns regarding Latinx representation in the museum and to discuss their petition for change following their visit to the museum in September. The students have also requested the museum to work with them to develop a pan-Latinx advising council to help the museum address these issues in consideration for future projects. Together, the students and the museum staff set a date for a second meeting on December 3 to discuss ways to address the students’ concerns and expectations.
Chicago History Museum pushed to better represent Latinos by CPS Students Chicago Sun Times (November 2019)
After a field trip to the museum in September,students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy raised concerns regarding a standalone Latinx exhibit in the Chicago History Museum. They created a petition and protested to advocate for better Latinx representation. On Thursday, November 14, 2019, students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy met with six members of the Chicago History Museum’s staff and leadership to share their concerns regarding Latinx representation in the museum and to discuss their petition for change following their visit to the museum in September.
Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy Students Meet with CHM Leaders Chicago History Museum (November 2019)
After a field trip to the museum in September,students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy raised concerns regarding a standalone Latinx exhibit in the Chicago History Museum. They created a petition and protested to advocate for better Latinx representation. On Thursday, November 14, 2019, students from Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy met with six members of the Chicago History Museum’s staff and leadership to share their concerns regarding Latinx representation in the museum and to discuss their petition for change following their visit to the museum in September. The museum released this statement.
Cyber-ESL Model for Adult Students Social Innovations Journal (April 2017)
Instituto's Cyber-ESL program has completed a successful pilot program that demonstrates a new model of delivering quality ESL instruction to adult learners through a blended learning approach. The initial results of the program evaluation demonstrate significant increase in retention and learning outcomes, signaling a viable method to expand ESL services and fill an unmet need for many learners.
An Innovative Bicultural/Bilingual Model Social Innovations Journal (April 2017)
For over ten years, Instituto's Carreras en Salud has provided a solution for families to move up the economic ladder while addressing the ongoing nursing shortage and the need for bilingual healthcare professionals. The program's results demonstrate that Instituto's unique model of contextualized education, significant supportive services, and curriculum based on industry needs allows low-skilled and/or limited-English proficient adults to enter a promising career, build greater stability, and support our broader economy.
El Progreso No Acaba Aquí: El Instituto Celebra 40 Años de Impacto en Chicago Lawndale News (April 2017)
El 27 de abril del 2017 marca 40 años de innovadora educación y programación de carreras en el Instituto del Progreso Latino, líder en la comunidad latina de Chicago, con el desarrollo más amplio de fuerza laboral, educación para adultos y espacios de educación juvenil.
Nonprofit hopes to set up Chicago as Silicon Valley of food industry Chicago Tribune (April 2017)
The launch of the Food and Beverage Manufacturing network represents a milestone in this important and growing sector of Chicago. Instituto will be collaborate with the network to develop curriculum for employees to grow their skills and move up the career ladder, meeting employer needs for their workforce.
Better Makers: Instituto raises $390,000 at 40th Anniversary Gala Make it Better Foundation (March 2017)
Instituto's generous supporters, sponsors, and community partners joined us for an exciting evening to celebrate 40 years in the community and support the organization's future.
New Program Trains People to Get Retail Jobs DNA Info (December 2016)
The launch of Instituto's Retail Program represents its newest career pathway, supporting low-skilled workers to gain valuable skills and training to move up the career ladder in their industry. Find out more about the Retail Training Institute here.
Financial Programs go Deeper Than the Dollar in Chicago Next City (November 2016)
More then just financial literacy, Instituto is working to bridge the gap between financial institutions and low income communities.
6 Innovative School Leaders Who Are Disrupting Traditional Education 74 Million (May 2016)
Juan Salgado is named one of the nation's innovative school leaders who is re-imagining education opportunities for our students.
Financial Literacy at Instituto's Financial Opportunity Center Comcast Newsmakers (April 2016)
Yesenia Cervantes, Director the the Instituto Financial Opportunity Center, joins Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the many financial and career resources available at Instituto.
City Club of Chicago: Making a Difference for Chicago Youth in 2016 WGN Radio (April 2016)
Juan Salgado joins Chicago community leaders for thought provoking conversation on the state of the city for our youth and where we can make meaningful changes for them.
Programa de Escalera Telemundo (February 2016)
Aprende sobre nuestro programa, Escalera, que ayuda a los estudiantes secundarias preparar para sus futuros en la universidad o carreras exitosas.
The American Dream Isn't Dead. This is How Immigrant Families are Achieving It. NationSwell (November 2015)
"The adult vocational training school appears modest on the surface. Yet dig in, and you'll find an educational program with a surprisingly high 80% graduation rate - better than most high schools and college degree programs across the nation - and a radical approach to community support. Whats the Instituto doing? It's asking poverty-level working parents to give up their evenings (over the course of three or more years) to improve their potential for employment through language and vocational training. It's promising to lift families out of poverty and fulfill their American dreams. And it's working."
Juan Salgado profiled in 2015 People Issue, Chicago Reader (November 2015)
"Communities like ours are only as strong as the human capital they can retain and attract. If people here can get access to better economic opportunities, if they can increase their earnings while staying in their communities, then we have healthy and livable communities. We have places where families can raise their kids." - Juan Salgado
'Genius Grant' Winner from Little Village works to Lift Up Latinos, DNA Info Chicago (October 2015)
"We're about creating new and better ways of taking people who have been overlooked or underserved by the educational systems and getting that right for them here" - Juan Salgado
Adult Education & Workforce Training: Investing in the Skills Development of Hispanics (October 2015)
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics identifies Instituto's Carreras en Salud program as an example of effective adult education and workforce training for immigrants.
Amar al projimo a traves de la educacion, Telmundo Enfoque (September 2015)
"Mis padres me inculcaron valores de amar al projimo y una forma de llevar ese amor a nuestra comunidad, a nuestro pueblo, es a traves de la educacion porque es una herramienta muy necesaria para el progreso de nuestra families." - Juan Salgado
MacArthur 'Genius' Focuses on Immigrant Education, NPR Here & Now (September 2015)
"Instituto is able to do our work in Chicago because we are a welcoming city, because we area city of immigrants. We are making America better in immigrant communities today" - Juan Salgado
Juan Salgado awarded 2015 MacArthur Fellowship (September 2015)
Instituto President and CEO is awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellow Award for his leadership and ingenuity in immigrant integration and education.
Clases de Ingles ciberneticos Telemundo (August 2015)
El programa CYBER-ESL proviene opciones flexibles y gratis para aprender ingle. Hagan el programa en una computadora con un horario fleixble y el apoyo individualisado de una maestra por el telefono y email.
Your Money Matters, WGN (June 15, 2015)
Aurora Ibarra, Instituto Carreras en Salud graduate, and Juan Salgado discuss the economic impact of Instituto's career pathway programs.
Task Force Breaks New Ground on Immigrant Integration, The Hill (April 17, 2015)
Juan Salgado joins Brenda Dann-Messier in their op-ed discussing the recent report by the White House Task Force on New Americans, recognizing that is breaks important new ground for immigrant integration and that its recommendations represent a step forward to be build upon.
Grads Show Promise of Community College, Chicago Tribune (February 1, 2015)
The Chicago Tribune profiles Juan Salgado and others on their success as a community college students.
Can TV: Perspectivas Latinas (February 11, 2014)
Instituto's Claudia Regalado and Cynthia Nambo discuss Instituto's innovative programs and schools with Can TV.
Mayor Emanuel Announces EITC Campaign (February 11, 2014)
Mayor Emanuel joined us at Instituto to announce the launch of the EITC campaign and highlighted the 20 sites around Chicago, including Instituto, that will be offering free tax services to families.
How to Build Bridge Programs that Fit into a Career Pathway: A Step-by-Step Guide Based on the Carreras en Salud program in Chicago