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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