Pilsen Neighbors Community Council and the Illinois Dream Fund Combine Efforts to Serve Latino Disadvantaged Youth

 Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - EducacionPilsen Neighbors Community Council has partnered with the Illinois Dream Fund to raise funds for college students’ scholarships. The two organizations have united behind their mission statements’ common goals of ensuring justice and equity for all persons, regardless of citizenship status.

Fiesta del Sol is an annual festival held in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Preceding the event this year will be the second annual Recorrido del Sol 5K Run/Walk in Grant Park. Proceeds from runners’ registrations will benefit both the Fiesta del Sol Guadalupe A. Reyes Scholarship Fund and the Illinois Dream Fund, which provides financial assistance to Latino college students throughout the city of Chicago.

“The Recorrido del Sol was founded to provide scholarships to highly motivated Latino college students from low income backgrounds,” says Gardenia Rangel, Co-Chair for Fiesta del Sol. “We are working with the Illinois Dream Fund to offer financial support and alleviate the financial burden many of our students and families face as they follow their dreams of earning a college degree.”

“Collectively, we seek to create access for undocumented immigrants in Illinois to pursue their college endeavors. We are so pleased to collaborate with PNCC on their annual 5K Run/Walk, and we look forward to bringing all communities together to support this event,” says Tanya Cabrera, chair of the Illinois Dream Fund.

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