Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Regional Gifted Centers for English Language Learners (ELLs)

Chicago Public Schools News:

December 13th marks the deadline to enroll in a Regional Gifted Center, accelerated learning for academically advanced k-8 students who speak Polish and Spanish.

Does your child...

...constantly ask questions?
...speak like a child who is older?
...know more than other children her/his age? to learn?

If you answered yes, the Regional Gifted Center may be the program for your child!

December 13 is the deadline to apply.

For more information contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773/553-2060 or

Friday, November 22, 2013

LOS gives back to the community!

This year, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, LOS will join #Giving Tuesday in a day celebrating giving. Charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will come together for #GivingTuesday (on Twitter), to celebrate and encourage giving during the Holiday Season. 

LOS is excited to begin our annual fundraising campaign with this movement!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 and increase our web presence. And you can help us make that happen by making a pledge (button on sidebar), making a donation, and/or following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out how our program participants and staff give back to the community!

How do you give back to the community?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

The Latino Organization of the Southwest celebrates 20 years of service to the community!


Join our LOS community by interning, volunteering, or participating in our programs. Sign up for our newsletter for more information.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The LOS Fall Fest

Goblins and witches enjoyed an evening of games, face painting, and fun at the LOS Fall Festival.
The LOS Youth Club engages youth in activities such as math, science, reading, writing, and art. After school programs are held at neighborhood schools.  
For more information contact us at 773-581-1900
The inclement weather didn't stop us!

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ven a Celebrar la Herencia Hispana con LOS


 4051 W 63RD ST 

5:00 PM A 9:00 PM



(Si tienes preguntas puedes llamar al 773 581 1900 pregunta por Miguel Vera o Rosi Carrasco)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The quest for knowledge...

A note from our Higher Education/Job Readiness Coordinator

I am happy to report that this fiscal year has been very successful; we, as an organization, and as a group of students that were part of the college tours, took pride in our quest for knowledge and empowerment.  We took some valuable steps in going on eight college tours to find out what each school offered.  The colleges as well as the campuses differed from one to the next and this is what made them interesting. 

The range of the group of the students’ grades ranged from freshman in high school to sophomore in college and the interests differed from one student to the other.  I would like to think that the students learned how to maneuver through college admissions and financial aid; or at least how to find, and where to find, any necessary help to apply to a higher education institution.

We took our last college tour for the year at The University of Chicago August 21, 2013.  I was very excited that some students were genuinely interested in coming to this tour because it shows resolve and hunger to succeed in life.  The students engaged in the presentation with the admissions officer by asking questions and giving their comments.  We also learned that this is where the first atom was split in 1938 and this is where the first Heisman Trophy was born ; “Known initially as the DAC Trophy, it was first presented to Jay Berwagner, the legendary "one man gang" from the University of Chicago on December 9, 1935”.

One student said that “the best thing about the school is that they cater to students during finals by creating an environment where many learning tools are at the students’ disposition."  The second thing that the student liked was the campus itself.  She liked the combination of the Neo-Gothic with a few of the more modern structures such as the exercise facility and the open green spaces.  The least thing that the student liked, or didn’t like, was the "high price to attend this institution”.

I believe that after these college tour experiences the students have a better understanding of how and where to apply; they have a better rounded idea of how to build their future, and that’s what this program is all about. 

On a personal note, I wish that more students participate in the coming year because the more exposed to knowledge, the better prepared one is to succeed in life.

Thank you all
Luis Alberto Muñoz.
Higher Education Coordinator
For more information on our Higher Education program you can contact Luis at 773/581-1900

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Students Visit DePaul University

On July 30th, LOS participants enjoyed a day at DePaul University. The event began with a tour at the welcoming center and talk about DePaul admission procedures, requirement, important dates to remember, information about life at Depaul, and financial aid.

Participants were able to ask questions to prepare them for admission into a higher educational institution.

The students were able to tour the campus and were amazed by the wide open spaces of DePaul grounds, the sports and exercise facilities, and the many bistros the school has to offer.

"I can totally see myself coming here. I like the open spaces that the school has," A participant said.

LOS offers several college tours throughout the year in order to expose participants to college life and options. Although we try to meet the needs of the participants preferences, we help participants find schools that is a right fit.

If you are interested in participating in our program contact LOS at 773-571-1900.

Friday, July 26, 2013

LOS Youth Job Program in full swing

With the looming prospect of the "workforce exodus" due to retiring baby boomers and the aging population, we need to look at our youth to fill that void. Preparing our youth to be skilled in the workforce is paramount for a healthy, sustainable US Economy.

So what's being done?

Youth unemployment remains high. Though in the summer of 2012 we saw a slight increase (1%) of youth in the job market, low income youth were the least likely to work summer jobs. One out of 5 teens from a low income family had a job. Last summer, only 16% of African-American low-income youth and 22% of Hispanic youth with a family income of less than $40,000 held a job.

Youth summer employment programs at LOS focuses on empowering our youth with tools needed to enter the workforce.


Workshops include:
  •   Interview Etiquette
  •   Team building acitivies
  •   Hands-on internship opportunity with local businessess
  •   and more...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SW Chicago Community Resource Fair

On June 15, 2013 LOS with the Illinois Welcoming Center organized a resource fair. Community residents came out to enjoy a fun filled day with music, dance, and free health screenings. 

The vision of the Community Resource Fair and Welcoming Day is to provide services in partnership with state agencies, local community organizations, and educational entities that support self-sufficiency.

A special thank you to the West Lawn Public Library, the 13th Ward Alderman, IDHS, New Americans, Chicago Area Project, and the Community residents who braved the wet weather and enjoyed the day.

Screenings were conducted at LOS

Hector Rico with the 13th Ward Alderman, Marty Quinn
Community residents

We'd also like to thank the wonderful Volunteers! The event would not have been a success without them!

For more information check out our Facebook Page

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Celebrating Peace, Love, and Harmony


The World Harmony Run is a global torch relay, seeking to strengthen international friendship and understanding. As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, passing it from hand to hand traveling through over 100 nations around the globe.

Together with Hurley Elementary students, teachers, parents, and community residents, the Latino Oragnization of the Southwest with the 8th District Commander, State Senator Martin Sandoval and other distiguished guests celebrated PEACE, LOVE, & HARMONY at the southwest neighborhood school of Hurley, located on 3849 W. 69th Place, Chicago, IL.

Planted on June 1, 2012, the tree symbolizes peace for our community.

Students gathered to share poems, songs, and their own symbolism of peace.


Share a moment of peace.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Teen Fridays!

Teen Fridays at LOS!
6:00- 7:30PM
Join us for...
Team building excerises
Movie Night
Book Club
Writing Club
On-going registrations all Summer long!
Contact us at...

Youth enjoy a bit of roll playing.

Stand up and be heard--Stop Bullying

LOS presented a workshop on Bullying to 64 youth at Queen of Angels on Sunday, May 19. The presentation, led by youth volunteers, addressed the issue of bullying and how it affects our young people.

According to bullying statistics 200 million children all over the world are being bullied and not only at school.  And Cyberbullying has become another increasing concern.

How can we stop bullying?

STAND UP & BE HEARD-Be More than a Bystander!

Check out what you can do to stop bullying at

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

LOS Youth Storm the Capitol

Democracy in action!

LOS youth, together with other affiliates of the Chicago Area Project (CAP), took the Capitol by storm, all with one message...

"What about us?"

The event started with a rally at the State House Inn in Springfield where over 200 youth came together to share their stories of living in areas of violence and finding hope in youth programs across the state.

Many voices were heard throughout the day...

"...own your future."

"...Give voice to what you want."

"Make sure we (youth) are a priority."

"Youth are making a difference in our community."

"It is not over."

Two of LOS' very own spoke about their experiences in living the war against violence, and surviving. One clear message spread throughout the event...

Youth can make a difference.
They can influence their friends and their communities to build better, safer neighborhoods.
And they were ready to demand the resources to do just that.

with State Representative Elizabeth Hernandez

with State Senator Martin Sandoval
at the steps of the Capitol
Our youth deserve to live without fear...

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day March For Immigration Reform

LOS Participated in the May Day March
For Immigrant rights
At Federal Plaza, Chicago
This effort hopes to spark movement
in immigration reform

Friday, April 26, 2013

Community Job Fair

Job Fair

April 28 - 9am - 2pm
New Life Church - 5100 S. Keeler Ave., Chicago, IL

Five different temp agencies
Many other contracting companies

Dress to Impress!
Bring Social Security Card, Illinois state ID, or Driver's License

Monday, April 15, 2013

Calling All TEENS!

Summer jobs in Chicago! Don't miss out!

There are a limited number of positions made available each summer.  Last year there were approximately 17,000 opportunities. We expect to receive many more applications than that, so we can't guarantee a position for every applicant. ...Go the website for more information at

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tutoring Potluck

The participants, staff, and volunteers of our tutoring program enjoyed their first potluck.

Tutoring is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4p - 7pm; Thursday from 3:45p - 5:45pm; and Saturday from 10:30am - 1:30pm.

Contact Sandra Mosqueda at 

Or come by the office to sign up!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Prepare for College

Join our Higher Education/Job readiness program! 

Get help with resumes, college applications, scholarships, writing your personal statements, and join a camaraderie of youth inspired to make a difference in their lives and in their communities! 

Getting into college can be a daunting task. Don't do it alone. College visits at LOS and fieldtrips to different colleges can give you and edge on choosing the college that is best for you.

The job market has become competitive. Get help with resume writing and interview skills and become better prepared for the job market.

For more information contact Sandra Mosqueda at

Thursday, March 28, 2013

ASTRRONGU Celebration

ASTRRONGU--offering youth tools to make better decisions against violence--celebrates the graduation of its paticipants.

Striving to better communities, LOS continues to engage young people to inspire positive change.

If you'd like to become part of the team contact Sandra Mosqueda at

Friday, March 15, 2013

A.S.T.R.R.O.N.G.U & Zumba

A.S.T.R.R.O.N.G.U participants practiced body movement with Zumba at Hurley Elementary.

A.S.T.R.R.O.N.G.U  encourages youth to make better life choices to minimize risk of violence.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

ILACHE Scholarships

Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education
Deadline: May 1, 2013
The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) will award a one-time $1000 scholarship to two eligible Latino/a students from Illinois. High school seniors and undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
Selection will be based on careful review of the following areas: 1) campus involvement, 2) community involvement, 3) academic achievements and goals, and 4) career aspirations.
To be considered, an applicant must be an Illinois Latina/o graduating high school senior or a continuing undergraduate level college student and enrolled full-time during the fall term of the upcoming academic year at a four or two-year regionally accredited college or university in Illinois. Past awardees are not eligible.

Training Opportunities

The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) will begin three new professional training programs during March at its main campus, 2011 West Pershing Road in Chicago.  These training programs can lead to careers in allied health and at medical office environments.  Our graduates enjoy their work at hospitals, medical centers and other similar locations.

Please take a look at the attached document and share as you see appropriate.  This opportunity is ideal for recent high school graduates who are undecided about their career, or for anyone looking to start a second career.  Visit for more information about us.

Illinois Dream Fund

Illinois Dream Fund: Scholarships


We are witnessing a period of extraordinary growth within the undocumented immigrant community. The world is constantly changing, and with that change, come great challenges and opportunities. Regardless of what lies ahead, we are certain of one thing; access to education for undocumented immigrants, is essential for the growth of Illinois and this nation. ...Read More

For more information go here

ConnectEDU a great resource

About ConnectEDU

The world's largest education network, connecting learners to possibilities

Who We Are:

ConnectEDU is a privately held technology company, committed to preparing and transitioning 21st Century Learners on their pathways from school to college to career, helping them realize their potential, achieve a secure financial future, and ultimately connect to life's possibilities. ConnectEDU was created in 2002, by Craig Powell, an entrepreneur with a passion for ensuring that all students have access to the expertise and resources needed to realize and achieve their potential. Today, ConnectEDU serves more than 20 million registered learners, 5,000 educational institutions, and 130,000 employers throughout 40 countries; all engaging and supporting learners across their school-to-college-to-career pathway.

Our Mission:
Connect the world's learners to life’s possibilities through clear education-to-career pathways.
Check them out at

Scholarship Match

Check out Fastweb: College and Scholarship search at

Scholarship Info!

Download Scholarship at

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LOS offers a ray of hope

On February 19, 2013 the teen participants of A-STRONG-U, a violence prevention program, shared their stories as to how the program has impacted and changed their lives.

In addition to the eighty or so youth and their families, participants included the Honorable State Senator Mattie Hunter (D) 3rd District, representatives from Chicago Area Project, LOS staff, and community resident and mentor, Diana Perez.

Hon. Senator Mattie Hunter (D) 3rd District with A-STRONG-U participants

For more information on LOS Programs contact: 773/581-1900

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


LOS will be experiencing some changes and we are excited! 

Be sure to come back as we begin to launch some great news about our various programs for the community!