Three nonprofit leaders who have made strides in education have
received fellowships from The Chicago Community Trust. They are: Sylvia Puente, executive director of the Latino Policy Forum, which advocates for better education and housing for Latinos; Gabrielle Lyon,
co-founder and executive director of Project Exploration, a science
education program aimed at girls and minority communities; and Jaime de Leonof Enlace Chicago, previously known as Little Village Community
Development Corporation, which organized a hunger strike that prompted
CPS to build a new high school.
Fuzz Hogan, former Chicago bureau chief for CNN, is now the communications director for Advance Illinois, a new statewide policy advocacy organization that has a board of heavy hitters but promises to gather widespread input.
The Little Village Community Development Organization has changed its name to Enlace, which is Spanish for “link.” The old name tied the organization to one community and didn’t accurately reflect the aims of the organization, explains Enlace’s director of education, Katya Nuques. “Holistic development doesn’t have to just do with brick and mortar,” said Nuques. “We try to create linkages between schools, people and resources.” The development corporation got into the education business in 2000 and backed the parent hunger strike that led to the construction of a long-promised new high school in its community.