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The education initiative supports youth in becoming lifelong learners and provides wrap-around services to get students from Pre-K to higher education.  We know there are many obstacles that youth confront in the education system, so our programs take into account the social/emotional needs of our youth and their support systems, we offer bilingual and culturally informed programming, affordable child care, counseling, work readiness development, and employment opportunities.

CONSUELO LEE CORRETJER
CENTRO INFANTIL

Offers quality Bilingual child care and Head Start services for children ages six (6) weeks to five (5) years. Contact: [email protected] (773) 342-8866




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COMMUNITY AS A CAMPUS

The Community as a Campus (CAAC) supports the Greater Humboldt Park schools which feed into the neighborhood high school, Roberto Clemente Community Academy. The CAAC is a ”Community Action Council” of the Chicago Public Schools. There are nine councils in the Chicago land area and are comprised of 25-30 members, tasked with developing a strategic plan to achieve educational excellence in their respective school communities. Contact: [email protected]
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THE HUMBOLDT PARK
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT & Empowerment PROGRAM

Our program offers a 12-week paid workforce development internship supplemented by weekly work-readiness courses to teach them critical workplace skills. Contact: [email protected]



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PRCC ANNUAL EVENTS

Three Kings Winterfest

Since 1995, the Three Kings WinterFest has been celebrated every year on January 6th, known as theDay of the Epiphany. It has become a tradition embraced by the entire community. Children and people of all ages sing Puerto Rican “aguinaldos” (Christmas carols) from business to business while the Three Magi and volunteers from the Latin American Motorcycle Association (LAMA), lead a procession down Division Street through the Paseo Boricua.

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Fiesta Boricua
"de Bandera a Bandera"

This festival has become synonymous with Paseo Boricua and what this area has to offer. It celebrates the best of Puerto Rican talent and musical culture. Since 1993, the festival has been celebrated along the commercially and culturally vibrant Division Street corridor called Paseo Boricua. Fiesta Boricua has become one of the largest and most important branded festivals of the Latino community in the Midwest, attracting more than 200,000 people annually. It showcases the diversity of Puerto Rican musical expression from bomba and plena to salsa and merengue, from folk music to hip hop.
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Celebrate the birth of
Juan Antonio Corretjer- 100 x 35

100 by 35 is the Open House of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, where the founding of the PRCC is celebrated and the birthdate of our namesake. Juan Antonio Corretjer, the National Poet of Puerto Rico. We collect the narratives and issues that we as a Puerto Rican people confront. And we codify it into community work that speaks our interests. We have a right to create those spaces where we can tell our story and to keep our collective memory alive. José E. López, Executive Director
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Haunted Paseo Boricua

Every October 31st, Paseo Boricua is transformed into a fun-filled, family-oriented, and safe Halloween celebration on Division St. Up and down the street, businesses distribute candy, children’s faces are painted, and kids are engaged in historically relevant and culturally appropriate activities.






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Puerto Rican Peoples Parade Day

The Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade was established in 1978. It is community focused and driven, showcasing Puerto Rican arts, culture and music. It is free of the typical depictions that traditional ethnic parades perpetuate in the interest of commercialization. Celebrated in a carnival-like environment, the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade frames the Puerto Rican cultural experience within the language of social criticism and the discourse of possibilities. The Parade is held annually in June on Division St. between Western and Humboldt Dr.
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Paseo Parranda

Since 2007, Boricuas in Humboldt Park have celebrated “Las Navidades” with an annual parranda on Paseo Boricua. The parranda starts at Teresa Roldán Apartments, then make its way down Paseo as the celebrants sang traditional aguinaldos. Two years ago, it was different, as we adjusted to the jarring impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on our lives, and went virtual so as to protect our youth, our elders, and our community. Community residents parade down La Division and los asaltos have historically included the community businesses. Community musicians grace the parranda with their guitars and traditional songs as parranderos accompanied them on the guiro, maracas, cow bells and tambourines.
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