Celebrate Local Leaders

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Award Winners


The Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Spirit Awards are given to the individuals or organizations that embody the spirit of Mr. Garcia, Enlace’s founder. This includes visionary thinking, commitment to the community, selfless service, and inspiring leadership. The award recipients are honored at Enlace’s yearly fundraiser.

Enlace Leadership Academy Graduates


Enlace Leadership Academy graduates are outstanding leaders that are impacting change through organizing and advocacy. We thank each one for their commitment to improving the quality of life for Little Village residents:


For more information about the Enlace Leadership Academy, click here.

Dreamers Unidos Scholarship Recipients


The students that began the Dreamers Unidos Scholarship Fund believed that grassroots collective action is a powerful and long-lasting avenue for positive social change in our communities and nationwide. Scholarship recipients carry on this legacy.

For more information about the Dreamers Unidos Scholarship Fund, click here.

Oral History Archive


Enlace partnered with StoryCorps Chicago, UIC School of Public Health and other community partners to record and celebrate the stories of Little Village leaders. Stories are archived in the Library of Congress and The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.