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GPLXC

Gage Park Latinx Council 

Gage Park Latinx Council named- 

"Best New Latinx Organization" 

-SouthSide Weekly 

Annual Best of the SouthSide Issue.

"In many ways, GPLXC represents a community coming together to empower itself and its youth. Rather than allowing us to feel like Gage Park is merely a space we occupy, GPLXC is actively fighting for us to have a neighborhood that is truly nuestra tierra and ushering in a future where residents will never doubt they have a home." - Alejandro Ruizesparza, 

                  SouthSide Weekly, 2019

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El Concilio Latino de Gage Park es una organización basada en la comunidad y dirigida por residentes Latinx, que ya llevan tiempo viviendo en el Suroeste de Chicago, con una misión para el avance de la justicia social y cultural para residentes de Gage Park y comunidades cercanas. Nos organizamos social y políticamente para crear un Gage park fuerte, seguro, y culturalmente rico, que refleje nuestra diversa clase trabajadora Latinx. GPLXC se compromete a crear un fuerte sentido de comunidad e identidad a través del arte,  el acceso a la información, la educación, la justicia social, y acciones positivas y directas. 

'X' se utiliza para fines de inclusión.

Nosotros

(English on second slide)

Why Gage Park?

Gage Park Community Stats 

 Population of

41,202

&

91.2% Latinx

 ¿Por Qué Gage Park?

 

Estadísticas de la Comunidad Gage Park

La población es de 41,202 personas y el 91.2% son Latino/a/x

What we do / Que hacemos

Youth Art Programs 

Free Youth Art Programs

Programas de arte juvenil gratuitos 
 

 Our Free Art programs are designed to engage youth in learning and community building with a focus on highlighting Latinx culture and celebrating creativity.  

Nuestros programas de arte son gratuitos y diseñados para involucrar a jóvenes de la comunidad en el aprendizaje y la creatividad, con un enfoque en la cultura latinx. 

Community Education 

Community Education

 Educación Comunitaria

Creating space for community is at the forefront of our work. Our Community Education spaces create opportunities to share lived experiences and knowledge while creating community networks for success.( Programs listed below )

Crear espacios para nuestra comunidad esta a la vanguardia de nuestro trabajo. Nuestros espacios ayudan a crear oportunidades para que miembros de nuestra comunidad compartan sus expereincias y conocimientos mientras crean redes para el éxito.  

(Programas enumerados a continuación)

 Community programs:

   Programas comunitaria:

 

- First Generation College Network 

-Know your Rights Trainings

- Children's Story Time 

- Youth Art Club 

- Gage Park Book Club

- Young Adult & Teen Mentorship 

- SW Side LGBTQ+ Network 

Environmental Group  

-Gage Park Parents Group 

- Red de universidades de primera generación

-Conoce tus entrenamientos de derechos

- Hora de cuentos infantiles

- Red de arte juvenil

- Tutoría para adultos jóvenes y adolescentes

- Red LGBTQ+ del suroeste

- Grupo Ambiental 

-Gage Park grupo de padres

Community Care

Cuidado Comunitario

We work to provide the Gage Park Community with resources and services directly. This includes distributing everyday necessities directly to our neighbors and connecting them with support through our partner organizations and resources fairs.  

Trabajamos para proveer a nuestra comunidad de Gage Park con recursos y servicios directamente. Esto incluye distribuir necesidades/suministros a nuestros vecinos y conectarlos con el apoyo que requieren a través de organizaciones asociadas y ferias de recursos.

Community Service 

servicio comunitario

Occupation of public space is, unfortunately, a privilege often denied to marginalized communities of color. Our reoccurring Community Clean-Up Day is a small step toward reclaiming public space in our communities.We question why Gage Park has such low access to city-funded trash bins and other basic resources and offer to solve the problem as a community while drawing attention to the larger issue: lack of resources allocated to our community.

La ocupación del espacio publico es, desafortunadamente, un privilegio a menudo negado a nuestras comunidades de color. Nuestro recurrente Día de Limpieza Comunitaria es un pequeño paso hacia la recuperación del espacio público en nuestras comunidades. Nos preguntamos por qué Gage Park tiene un acceso tan bajo a los contenedores de basura y otros recursos básicos financiados por la cuidad, mientras que ofrecemos resolver el problema como comunidad y llamar la atención a el problema principal: la falta de recursos asignados a nuestra comunidad.

Who we are - Conoce a Nuestro Equipo 

Antonio D. Santos 

 Director 

Antonio@gplxc.org 

Samantha Martinez 

Outreach Coordinator 

Samantha@gplxc.org

Edith Dimas 

 Volunteer Coordinator

Edith@gplxc.org

Katia Martinez 

Community Organizer 

Katia@gplxc.org

Supporting Local Chicago Public School Students

We work directly with Chicago Public Elementary and High Schools in the community to provide support, workshops, resources, 
essentials and supplies to Gage Park students and their families.  
Trabajamos directamente con escuelas primarias y secundarias públicas de la comunidad para brindar apoyo, talleres, recursos, y suministros a los estudiantes de Gage Park y sus familias.

About Us:

Antonio D. Santos

Director 

 

Antonio@Gplxc.org

Antonio Domingo Santos is a founding member and serves as the Director of the Gage Park Latinx Council. As a lifelong resident of Gage Park and a first generation Queer Latinx his work has focused on creating space and visability for marginalized communities on the southwest side. In addition to his work at GPLXC Antonio creates and facilitates LGBTQIA+ curriculum, programs and workshops at the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he wrote a campus wide educational workshop on LGBTQIA+ issues for students, faculty and staff offered on the main campus, medical school and John Marshall Law school. He is committed to opening an LGBTQIA+ center in Gage Park through the Gage Park Latinx Council to serve an under resourced community that is often seen as invisible on the southwest side.

Samantha A. Martinez 

 

Outreach Coordinator

Samantha@Gplxc.org

Samantha A. Martinez is a founding member and serves as the Outreach Coordinator at the Gage Park Latinx Council. Samantha was born in Mexico but grew up and continues to reside in the Southwest side of Chicago. In 2018, Samantha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Roosevelt University and is pursuing a Social Work degree, with the goal of opening up a wellness clinic through the Gage Park Latinx Council to offer bilingual therapy and mental health services to Southwest side residents. Samantha is passionate about advocating and practicing community care, bridging available resources to marginalized communities, and disrupting systems that continue to oppress Chicago’s residents.

Edith Dimas 

Volunteer Coordinator

Edith@Gplxc.org

Edith Dimas is a founding member and serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Gage Park Latinx Council. Born and raised in the Gage Park community, Edith cares about helping the youth of the community. Having studied sociology at Roosevelt University, Edith has learned of the systematic marginalization her neighbors experience on a daily basis. Working as a daycare teacher and an educational surrogate parent, her interests are to help the brown girls and boys of Gage Park to obtain the resources and knowledge to navigate in society.

Katia Martinez 

Program Coordinator

Katia@Gplxc.org

Katia A. Martinez is a founding member and serves as the Program Coordinator at the Gage Park Latinx Council. Katia graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and was part of the Young Leaders Training Cohort through the Chicago Freedom School. As a first generation student from immigrant parents, Katia empathises with the hardships of first generation students and works to mobilize her community and bring mental health awareness. At the moment Katia is pursuing her Clinical Social Work degree with the hopes of practicing trauma informed care and healing justice in Southwest side communities.