Who We Are

Mission

Enlace Chicago convenes, organizes, and builds the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and barriers to economic and social access.

Vision

Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of Little Village residents by fostering a safe and healthy environment and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.

 

Values

Enlace is committed to accountability and transparency to ensure integrity, believes in building community power through collaboration and grassroots leadership, promotes livable communities with access and opportunity for all, and values social justice and systems change.

How We Work

Over the years, Enlace has adapted its work to meet the priorities, needs and interests of the community. Currently, its four areas of focus include education, health, immigration and violence prevention. Within and across each of these areas, Enlace engages four key strategies that include

1) organizing and advocacy, 2) program implementation and service delivery, 3) convening and community planning and 4) individual and community capacity building.

Enlace believes in local leadership development as the basis for building community power. For more information about the Enlace Leadership Academy, click here

 

History

In 1990, a group of civic and community leaders in Little Village founded what was then called Little Village Community Development Corporation (LVCDC). Their focus was to create a community-driven process for the development of the abandoned industrial park at 26th Street and Kostner Avenue. During the process of engaging residents, it became clear that there was a need for an organization committed to comprehensive community development across Little Village. Read More