Civic Engagement Initiatives

At PODER, we view civic engagement as a vital part of our mission to help immigrants integrate into U.S. society. As part of a multi-faceted approach that ensures successful immigration integration, we empower students to find their voice and advocate for a brighter future. Through hands-on, collaborative activities and experiences, PODER students develop the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make a difference for themselves, their families and our country.

In 2018, we focused on ensuring students graduated with improved levels of civic knowledge — from knowing how to reach out to local public officials and utilize social services to registering to vote and seeking out ways to volunteer and give back to the community. Workshops we hosted included a “Know Your Rights” series focused on immigrant rights in the U.S., new immigration laws, and creating emergency family plans. PODER also participated in the City of Chicago City Clerk Office’s CityKey ID card program, assisting more than 300 Chicagoans obtain a CityKey card.

As we look to future civic engagement initiatives, plan on seeing more on this page about GOTV efforts, a deeper integration of technology and civic education in our classrooms, and PODER-wide volunteer opportunities aimed at enriching our communities on the southwest side.