Over the last 33 years, Instituto has been a pioneering voice in education and training of Latino immigrants and their families. What began as a church-based volunteer program providing English-as-a-Second-Language and citizenship application services in 1977 has now evolved into a leading city, state, and regional educational institution supporting the asset development of the Latino community and ultimately guiding families on a path to self-sufficiency. In 2009 the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization selected Instituto as the recipient of the 2009 NCLR Affiliate of the Year Award. This honor culminated Instituto’s growth as an organization driven by high-quality outcomes and a clear vision for community progress. Prior to this achievement, Instituto was recognized locally, and nationally, for its best-practice programs through awards such as the 2008 Recognition of Excellence Award by the U.S. Department of Labor; the 2008 Strengthening Hispanic Families Award, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the National Council of La Raza; and the 2008 Program of the Year by the Illinois Council for Continued and Higher Education.
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