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Poder’s mission is to provide the necessary academic tools to promote human dignity, to increase employment potential, and to facilitate participation in the larger community. Since 1997, we have responded to the educational needs of adult immigrants in the primarily Latino areas of Pilsen/Little Village and Back of the Yards on Chicago’s southwest side. In less than fifteen years, more than 6,750 students have attended our tuition free classes. With new immigrants arriving daily, the need for Poder’s services has never been greater.


Oprima-1 was profiled on Chicago’s Univision-66. To watch the video in Spanish (English text provided) click here

Univision & Telemundo, recently profiled Poder. A special thanks to reporters Paula Gomez (Univision) and Alba Mendiola (Telemundo) for their support. To view, please visit the ‘News Coverage & Videos’ section.

Poder was profiled on Univision Chicago as one of only eight Midwest organizations to receive a $10,000 grant from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago for our Plaza Comunitaria.  Please click here to see Executive Director Daniel Loftus’ interview with Paula Gomez.



At the opening of Poder’s Plaza Comunitaria (Community Plaza), Executive Director Daniel Loftus (center) shares a laugh with Consul General of Mexico in Chicago Ambassador Rodriguez (left) and Mexican Under Secretary of Public Education Dr. Székely (right) as he works to cut the ribbon. The ceremony marked the beginning of a partnership between Poder and the Mexican government to provide students an official diploma from Mexico upon completion of their studies at Poder.

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