UnidosUS Conference: From Digital Abyss to Digital Equity: The Future of Work and Education

August 7, 20200 Comments

CEO, Daniel Loftus, hosts this session in the UnidosUS Annual Conference. Remote working and learning became the new normal seemingly overnight. It has been an especially difficult adjustment for Latinos, who were already at one end of the digital divide, with much less access to technology than the nation as a whole. With education being […]

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Integrated English + Job Training = 100% Virtual 

July 6, 20200 Comments

PODER’s Integrated English (IE) and Workforce Development (WFD) training programs went virtual in a matter of only five days. Instructors, under the guidance and leadership of our Program Manager Christina Corral, have served over 293 students virtually with a retention rate of over 80% during the pandemic. For Iveth Sambonino, English acquisition is a critical […]

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Workforce Development Program

July 6, 20200 Comments

With fifteen years of experience of workforce development experience, Workforce Specialist Marc Smierciak was the ideal candidate to serve in this new role.  Starting in January of 2020, Marc began working with referrals from BPNC in Brighton Park and today provides students with the necessary resources virtually to secure employment: resume work, interview prep, and […]

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Cash Assistance Program

July 6, 20200 Comments

In mid-March, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the PODER team to adapt and seek new ways to combat rising challenges. The pandemic has led to veritable economic and health challenges within the PODER community. Due to immigration status, many community members are unable to obtain much-needed government benefits and were ineligible for payments […]

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Comcast Newsmakers: 100% Virtual

June 10, 20200 Comments

Daniel Loftus speaks to PODER’s shift to virtual enrollment, instruction and job training. Hosted by: Paul Lisnek              Produced by: Greater Chicago Newsmakers Team   

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Comcast Newsmakers: Teaching Financial Literacy To ‘Underbanked’ Chicagoans

July 8, 20190 Comments

Historically, minorities have been underbanked compared to other groups, and PODER’s recent “Financial Careers Training Program,” sponsored by UnidosUS, has been a welcome piece to remedy this problem. Hosted by: Ellee Pai Hong             Produced by: Greater Chicago Newsmakers Team

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PODER Student Runner Up for COABE Adult Learner of the Year Award

March 17, 20170 Comments

Congratulations to our student and part-time employee, Jose Acebedo, who was nominated for a prestigious Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year award. Jose was selected as a runner-up, due to his inspiring story and perseverance in the face of multiple obstacles. He currently works as PODER’s receptionist and is transitioning into a […]

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Welcome to PODER

January 17, 20170 Comments

Want to get to know us better? Watch this 6-minute video to learn more about PODER’s programs and the impact we’re having on the Latino immigrant community on Chicago’s southwest side. A big thank you to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) for the support in making this video.

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An Easy Way to Support PODER: Amazon Smile

November 22, 20160 Comments

By selecting PODER as your nonprofit of choice on Amazon Smile, you’ll be contributing to our English literacy and job training programs. Click the link below and start shopping! Didn’t that feel good?

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Oprima-1 was profiled on Univision Chicago

February 16, 20140 Comments

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.

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Ofreciendo cursos virtuales de Inglés y Capacitación Laboral.

Offering virtual English and Job Training courses.

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