More than 500 Chicago guests of Global Latino Fest came together on Friday, October 11, 2013 to celebreate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin-inspired cuisine and dances from Mexico, Brazil, and Peru.
Now in its 9th year, the festival benefits the Resurrection Project and the La Casa Scholarship Fund.
“La Casa is more than just a building: it’s a response to the challenges that the Resurrection Project and communities in Chicago’s Southwest Side recognized more than 10 years ago,” explains Raul Raymundo, Executive Director of the Resurrection Project. “It’s imperative that we act today to equip Latino youth for the demands of the workforces they will enter tomorrow. La Casa was created to do just that by surrounding students with the resources and support they need to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree.”
“I love La Casa and its location,” stated Sebastian Jimenez, student recipient of the program. “I was looking for a strong sense of community and I didn’t want to lose that by living on campus. I want to see the everyday people because I don’t always want to see college students. Living in the heart of Pilsen is letting me grow as a person and expand my knowledge.”
“There are a lot of students who have the same goal and dream as I do,” added student recipient Gonzalo Trejo. “Living at La Casa and being close to the University of Chicago gives me the opportunity to get involved and do so many things I couldn’t do if I was just living on campus or at home. The staff is also really helpful and if you need help and they will do whatever it takes to connect you with people that can shape your career and shape your life.”
To learn more about the Resurrection Project, visit www.resurrectionproject.org.