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State of Emergency Declared with New Migrant Arrivals

Chicago has seen over 8,000

asylum-seekers enter the city since last summer and about 450 of those individuals are using police stations as shelters. The Biden Administration has lifted Title 42 as of May 11, which may result in even more buses as all of the city's respite centers reach capacity.

Instituto President & CEO, Karina Ayala-Bermejo featured "On the Block"


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 organizationClick this image above or visit the link HERE to watch the full interview.

Block Club Chicago: Here’s How To Help The Latest Wave Of Migrants Coming To Chicago

Instituto was featured in a recent Block Club Chicago article highlighting all the recent efforts to assist recent migrant Arrivals. Click the image or link below to read the full article:

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In September of 2022, Instituto responded to the influx of new migrant arrivals to Chicago by launching Project AMOR (Asylum Migrant Outreach Response). In conjunction with the City of Chicago, Instituto created an Amazon Wishlist to mobilize donation efforts for this new population. Since the launch of the wishlist, over $200,000 in essential items such as clothes, toiletries, diapers, and hygiene products, have been purchased by generous donors to help aid migrants. Instituto has also directly assisted over 120 asylum seekers by helping them obtain City Key IDs as well as providing them with legal aid and financial literacy direction.

With a surge of new arrivals that began in May of this year, Instituto del Progreso Latino began accepting physical donations of new and unused clothes and other essential items to its buildings. In just over a month Instituto has received over 3,500 donated essential items which have been dispersed to various police districts, other non-profit organizations, housing sites and respites. Additionally, over 300 volunteers have signed up to volunteer and assist with Instituto’s Project AMOR efforts.

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Click here to Volunteer with Project AMOR today!

Instituto Receives Over $203,000 in Amazon Wish-list Donations to Support New Arrivals

In a matter of one month Instituto raised over $100,000 dollars in support of recent Migrant Arrivals. This brings the total number to just over $203,000 in Wish-list donations!

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Instituto's 2nd Annual Health & Community Resource Fair

Instituto's 2nd Annual Community Health and Resource Fair was a huge success last month! Over 250 people were in attendance where they were able to access a variety of free services and goods from Immigration Legal aid to employment opportunities, a free health Clinic, and even free household toiletries and goods.

This event was another great resource for all the recently arrived migrants in the city.

Thank you to all the collaborating organizations and partners who made this event possible:

Canna Equity IL Coalition

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

UI Health

Casa Michoacán Federación De Clubes Michoacános En Illinois

Chicago Workers' Collaborative Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Instituto's Monthly Food Drive

Each third Wednesday of the month, IDPL partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to provide free groceries to hundreds of community members. In total for the months of April and May, Instituto served over 476 households and 1,193 individuals in the community!

Citizenship Workshops

Each month, the IDPL Immigration Legal Aid Team collaborates with New American's Initiative partners including, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Casa Michoacán, Latino Organization of the Southwest, Southwest Organizing Project to host citizenship workshops at Instituto. Instituto processes the MOST Citizenship applications in the state of Illinois! In the last three months, the IDPL team has processed over 250 Citizenship Applications.

To schedule an appointment with our Immigration Legal Aid Team call 773-890-0055 or click HERE!


Hispanic Federation Award

Instituto was awarded the community service award by the Hispanic Federation! “We are thrilled to receive this most special of awards from the Hispanic Federation. This work requires great leadership, teamwork, and financial support. Fortunately, we’re blessed to be able to count on the commitment and hard work of an amazing board and staff in Chicago, and community partners like the Federation. Gracias, Hispanic Federation.”

-Karina Ayala-Bermejo, Instituto del Progreso’s President and CEO.

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Latino Leadership Under the Next Chicago Mayor

Our Chief Operating Officer, 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.

Math Night 2023

IHSCA held its annual Math Night on Thursday, May 25th! It was a successful event filled with food, fun, games, and interactive activities for all ages. This year's theme was Super Heroes!

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IHSCA EMR Graduates

Last month, a total of 16 students graduated from our Emergency Medical Relief Program! This was a 12 week training on 1st aid, CPR, health disparities such at Diabetes, stroke and heart disease. The Program ran on Thursdays and Fridays 8am to 3 Graduated students will now apply to the EMT emergency medical technician. These Students are offered employment at Superior Ambulance. For more information please visit our website HERE.


Save the Date for Our 2023 "Una Familía Gala" September 28!

Please Click Here to Buy Your Early Bird Ticket. Prices go Up July 1st!
Click Here to Volunteer at our Next Food Bank!

Join us this year for our annual Una Familía Gala, Instituto's largest fundraiser of the year! This year's gala will take place at Lacuna Lofts, in Pilsen, on Thursday, September 28th!

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Join us for our Next Food Bank!

Our Free Food bank returns next month! No ID or information required.

Congratulations 2023 Nursing Graduates!

Congratulations to our recent Nursing graduates. This graduation marks our 20th Basic Nursing Assistant training cohort. Since 2016, Instituto has enrolled 400 students in our BNA program. 94% of our students have passed the training course and from recent data, 94% have passed the Illinois state certification exam on their first try!

To apply for the college of Nursing visit: https://www.institutochicago.org/

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Interested in Joining Instituto?

Instituto is now hiring for a variety of different positions! To find out more information or begin applying, visit the website below.

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Enrollment is Open for Our Instituto Justice Leadership Academy

Our Instituto Justice Leadership Academy accepts students on a rolling basis! Click on the button below to learn more about IJLA; our options high school may be the perfect fit for you or someone you know.

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Enroll in Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy Today!

Instituto Health Science Career Academy (IHSCA) is family ("Somos Familia"), an open door, a place of rigor and academia where students earn a diploma that matters.

IHSCA scholars guide and facilitate others to make a positive difference in their own lives and to contribute to a larger good. By focusing on what we believe and value, and then positively build on this understand, our impact is limitless.

We are currently accepting students for 9th-12th grade.

If you are interested in enrolling at IHSCA please contact the school or email Erica Marin at e.marin@idpl.org or visit our website below:

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