Read the stories of some of the students who have volunteered with our organization and how receiving Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals has impacted their lives. These are only some of the stories of the many DACA students who have become part of our organization through volunteering their time, earning our scholarship, or worked with us at our annual festival, Fiesta del Sol.


Enrique Alvarez

I was born in Zamora Michoacán in 1994 as one of three boys. When I was four, my mom became a single mother and decided to move my two brothers and I to the U.S. Since then, I have lived in Chicago with my mom and brothers. Enrique Alvarez

I started school at Thomas Kelly High School and graduated in 2012. I considered a scholarship in India. A year after graduating, I applied for DACA which allowed me a work permit. I was then able to continue my education at Richard Daley College and received my associates in Business by the Spring of 2014.

In the future, I’d like to continue working with Insituto de Progreso Latino and then eventually start my own non profit. I want to help kids out because where I grew up there are a lot of neglected children and I want to offer them a place to go and find resources they might not otherwise have.

I think it’s important for people to know that there are many immigrants that come to this country for a better future for themselves and their children.


Martha Osornio

I was born in Veracruz, Mexico. My father moved to Chicago in 1991 and my mother and I moved the following year. We come from a big family so we were lucky to have families here that helped us adapt to the move. Martha Osornio

By 1993 I was blessed with a little sister. Since then my parents and my sister have been my biggest support system. While growing up I was very involved in volunteering at church and at school. My family comes from catholic religious background; this is something that has been a big part of my life.

During the time I been in school I attended Irma C. Ruiz Elementary, and then Benito Juarez Community Academy High school. The biggest community service project I been involve over the years has been Fiesta del Sol. I started participating since I was 14, and every year after that I always came back to help in any small or big way I could.



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