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Instituto's November Newsletter


We want to give heartfelt thanks once again to all who attended and supported our Una Familia Gala! With your support, you assisted in making the 2023 Una Familia Gala historic! A big thank you to all of our sponsors as well; your support of Instituto is instrumental in allowing us to continue serving those most in need across our communities.

Lastly, congratulations once again to our Spirit Award Honorees, Ms. Beatriz Ponce de Leon and Mr. Ric Estrada. Our community is lucky to have such inspiring leaders like you! 


Urgent Need for Spanish-Speaking, Bicultural Latino Nurses in Chicago

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...We're hoping to generate as many bilingual, bicultural nurses as possible," said Ms. Ayala-Bermejo.

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Migrant Aid Groups Weigh in on Increase of New Arrivals, Help Needed

Karina Ayala-Bermejo, President & CEO 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.

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As Migrants Pour Into Chicago, Women-led Groups are Making Sure They Feel Supported

Community leaders, many of them immigrants themselves, discuss the relationships they lean on to provide newcomers with housing and other resources in the sanctuary city.

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Chicago Advocates Want Feds to Grant Work Permits to All Immigrants

After temporary protected status for Venezuelan migrants was expanded this week, activists said the feds shouldn't forget about the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. who want to work legally.

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Asylum-Seeking Migrants First Arrived in Chicago Last August

This August marked 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.

President & CEO, Karina Ayala-Bermejo and Emmanuel Mandujano, join NBC to give updates from the ground on Project AMOR and all efforts to assist recent migrant arrivals.

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Chicago Alderman, Nonprofit Host Workshop to Help Migrants Apply for Temporary Protected Status

"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."

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations!

In celebration of Hispanic heritage month Instituto participated in La Mesa Latina luncheon presented by BUILD Chicago!

La Mesa Latina is a unique event that brings together Chicago’s accomplished Latinx leaders to share their stories with promising Latinx youth.


Mark Your Calendars For Giving Tuesday, November 28th!  

Pre-Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program

Do you want to become a certified Nursing Assistant but need help getting there?

Instituto's Carreras en Salud Program offers an intensive academic curriculum designed to help students prepare for the Basic Nursing Assistant Program!

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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 $275,000 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. Additionally, over 550 volunteers have signed up to volunteer and assist with Instituto's Project AMOR efforts. 

Your generous, tax-deductible gift will directly support Instituto's efforts to assist the recent influx of migrants to Chicago.

Proceeds will go towards providing basic necessities for individuals most in need, such as food, clothing, and toiletries.  

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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 at 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

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