New IPRAC CEO interviewed as part of Tourism initiative that hopes to attract visitors to cultural neighborhoods


Chicago's Tourism Office and the Mayor's Office announced new tourism initiatives Thursday to attract more visitors to Chicago.  One of their goals is to bring new customers to Chicago's cultural neighborhoods, like the Puerto Rican enclave in Humboldt Park. View the video here
High School to College Pipeline Update


The High School to College Pipeline Program at Roberto Clemente Community Academy was able to get a 100% FAFSA completion rate with their roster of 50 students. Currently the program will focus on identifying and completing scholarships. Each student in the pipeline is required to complete at least three scholarships. The mentors in the pipeline have made it top priority to assure that our students have all the resources necessary to be financially stable in their post-secondary career.

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Guided tours of IPRAC and the surrounding Paseo Boricua community will be available at IPRAC with Eduardo Arocho serving as a docent.  If you're interested in arranging a tour for your organization, school or church, please contact IPRAC at 773-486-8345. 

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Chicago, Illinois 60622
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PRCC Program Updates

Book Signing with Author Nancy Kurshan Part of This Years PRCC 100 x 35 +5 


As part of the 2013 100x35 celebration, the PRCC is sponsoring a book-signing of Nancy Kurshan's Out of Control. The event will take place on Sat., March 2, 2013 at the Batey Urbano at 2:15pm.


As well, the National Boricua Human Rights Network is happy to announce the arrival of Out of Control: A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons. This important book documents the decade and a half struggle of the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown in challenging the barbaric practices at Marion Federal Prison in Illinois, opposing the proliferation of control unit prisons across U.S. and illuminating the racist and inhumane nature of U.S. incarceration. Additionally, a special version of this book can also be found on the internet. While the internet version is shorter and more concise, it provides direct links to documents, pamphlets, audio and video segments as well as other materials created by and related to the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown. We are really excited about this book, the historical context it provides and the interactivity of the online version.

CTA Job Fair!


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently recruiting candidates for Customer Service Assistants at an informational job fair in Humboldt Park.  


Starting salary is $12.40/hour. Must be at least 21. Attendees of the job fair, interested in becoming a CTA Customer Service Assistant, will be pre-screened and assigned a testing date. 


The job fair will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013  from 9am-1pm at Roberto Clemente Community Academy located at 1147 N. Western.



Chicago­-based actor Ivan Vega was announced as one of three finalists for Ketel One® Vodka Chicago's Modern Hispanic Gentlemen People's Choice Award. The world's leading vodka released details about its People's Choice Award. Voting kick­ed off on February 1, 2013 at Vote for Ivan!


Chicago's Modern Hispanic Gentleman People's Choice Award was created to recognize outstanding gentlemen who support and impact Chicago's philanthropic Hispanic community. Ketel One® Vodka will make a donation to three local charities selected by each participant.


"Ivan is an incredibly talented and driven professional working to bring quality live theatre to Chicago's communities."

-Sol A. Flores, Exec. Director, La Casa Norte

Puerto Rican Agenda Study

"Taking charge of our future" 


In the spring and summer of 2011 selected members of The Puerto Rican Agenda drew up a research plan that would zero in on different aspects of community life: housing, economic development, education, health, youth and justice, culture, and the non-profit sector.  The research team secured funding from the Chicago Community Trust, LISC Chicago, and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 
Interview with Jan Susler, lawyer for Oscar López Rivera, by the Hostosiano Youth (Spanish)
Entrevista de la Juventud Hostosiana a Jan Susler, abogada de Oscar L??pez Rivera -25 feb. 2013

Designing A Mobile App for Walking Tours of the Puerto Rican Community in Chicago (IPRO Update)


Students in IPRO 310 from the Illinois Institute of Technology are working together with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) to design a walking tour app that will take users through the Puerto Rican community in Chicago. This app will be designed for both iOS and Android operating systems.  It will highlight and describe the historical significance of the community, the murals, and other points of interest. There are two groups working together to complete the task, a research team and a tech team.


The tech team will design and create the app.  So far, it has developed a preliminary design of a paper prototype of the application that represents the user interface along with basic functions and descriptions.  It has also developed a working Google map for the Android device. Students working on the iOS have produced a basic user interface for the app and are just beginning to develop the Google map. In the coming weeks, the team will add points to the maps for all the murals and historical points of interest on the walking tour. The team will later add descriptions of these points, as well as the route that walkers should follow to visit the sites on the tour.   

The research team first decided what points of interest to include in the tour, and then presented the list to members of the PRCC.  Once we reached agreement, the research team divided the points of interest among the members of the team.  Each one then researched their site and put together a description of it.  The type of information for each site will be as uniform as possible. When the description of each site is complete, the research team will hand it over to the tech team so they can insert it in the application they are producing.