A series of soundscapes "My day in a minute" made by the our Difusión Program students. 
The students explore a day in their lives through common-daily sounds. The narrations are unique and left to their own perspectives.

Short stories from our Young Writers

Read some of the creative writing stories from our Difusión Program students!!

- The day I killed a fly with one finger by Pamela Lara

- How does it feel to be a rockstar? by Veronica Ruiz

- Hungry Bear by Alejandra Dueñas

The day I decided to be a sailor by Kyle Williams


Meet the new voices of our Difusión Program

"Journalism: Digital Media Storytelling"

Alejandra Dueñas


I have been known as “Alex” for the past 19 years. Throughout the time of this coursed, I’ve migrated and assimilated to different cultures and attitudes, which has forced me to view the world in very unique ways. 

As I currently reside in the Windy City I walk through the streets of Little Village reminiscing memories from my homeland of Michoacan. i take my pencil and I create what my mind visualizes, resulting with images of where I stand now and of where I once belonged.

Pamela Lara


I have been fond of many things, one of these things is by the way people speak and interact with the world. In order to understand others and myself around me my technique has usually been by writing down a thought and or a vision. Being hands on in my spare time has always involved creating something tangible such as creating bracelets to painting my materials if I ever thought it required a touch.  I’m always looking forward to learning something new everyday and by doing that progressively I look forward to leading my path.  

Zitlalli Paez


Hi, my name is Zitlalli Paez and I am a girl, living in the 3rd biggest city in America, on her journey to find her passion. I enjoy many things such as art, music, soccer, and crime. I want to do something big in this world. Something that will make people know my name and be someone that people can look up to.

Adriana Antunez


My name is Adriana Antunez. I am born in Chicago but raised in Cicero until I went to high school. Now i am a shy but creative Chicana who’s everyday life is a series of adventures.

Kyle Williams


My name is Kyle Williams, and I am 14 years old. I love music and I am a sports fanatic. I love baseball, football, and soccer. I love to write about sports, and get better at my writing. My dream is to someday write for a major sports company.

Veronica Ruiz


My name is Veronica. I’m a quiet, shy girl who is guarded but very open minded and enjoys reading and writing. Some of my hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and reading. Something I’m truly passionate about is writing, I would like to be an author or journalist when I grow up. Most of all, I want to travel all around the world and meet all different kinds of people.

Check out a sneak peek of our #wrigleyfield100 #centennialseats!  Our #yolloyouthcouncil partnered with Cubs Charities on this project to celebrate Wrigley’s 100th anniversary! ⚽️🎉📷🎁First person to find our #soccer themed chairs on Michigan Ave and tag us in the picture wins a prize!! 🎉🎁🎉🎁

Check out a sneak peek of our #wrigleyfield100 #centennialseats! Our #yolloyouthcouncil partnered with Cubs Charities on this project to celebrate Wrigley’s 100th anniversary! ⚽️🎉📷🎁First person to find our #soccer themed chairs on Michigan Ave and tag us in the picture wins a prize!! 🎉🎁🎉🎁

Paleta says “I love making crazy art gifs with you!”
Join this summer : http://yollocalli.org/current-classes/

Paleta says “I love making crazy art gifs with you!”

Join this summer : http://yollocalli.org/current-classes/

peace love and paletas

peace love and paletas

THE RISING call for artwork!

“The Rising” Arts festival taking place May 30th, 2014 inside
Little Village Lawndale high school is now accepting artwork for
displayed. The due date for submissions is May 20th, 2014.

Participants must work, study, or reside in the Little Village or North Lawndale community.

We are only accepting submissions of original artwork. Submissions can be paintings,
photographs, poetry, videos, etc. The work must illustrate one of the following themes, “ Life,
Community, or unity ” You are allowed to enter two pieces of artwork for each theme.
DEADLINE is May 20th, 2014. No late submissions will be accepted. (Unless plans were
made ahead of time, then a digital image in the form of a JPEG file must be e-mailed by 11:59 
pm May 20th, 2014 accompanied with the information listed below).
All artwork must be accompanied with the artist name, address, email, and phone number.
A description of the artwork including dimensions, medium and title clearly printed on a label
alongside the artwork. A short artist biography is optional. As artwork often gets separated from
instructions, we ask that you sign your artwork.
For collaborative projects, it is the responsibility of the submitting artist to obtain
permission from each participant prior to submission. In addition, attach individual instructions to
each piece of artwork. Please be aware that the collaborative project in its entirety will only be
returned to the submitting artist.
Note: All artwork must be prepared for display.
Artwork without proper identification will not be considered. Please keep a copy of
your instructions.

Artwork must be brought to the Enlace office at Little Village
Lawndale High School, address: 3120 South Kostner Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60623 during the hours of 10am-6pm.
For more information email: therising.lvlhs@gmail.com, Subject: Curator

Spring 2014 GRANTS

Green in Action Award   NEW!

Deadline: April 30

Green In Action Awards will be granted to schools, classrooms or youth groups who have demonstrated their commitment, creativity, or passion for sustainability in their application.  Great application materials include photos, videos, essays, or artwork. Winners receive $250 for their class! They will also be featured in national news and have their application materials (such as videos, photographs and scanned artwork) shared on the National Green Week site. http://bit.ly/OfUh75       

ING Unsung Heroes Awards

Deadline: April 30

The ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program provides educators with awards to help fund innovative class projects. Full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning are eligible to apply. 100 finalists each receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards of $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. http://bit.ly/NYSGmf          

Youth Engaged 4 Change Contest   NEW!

Deadline: May 4

YE4C wants to hear how youth make a difference directly from the experts: young change makers like you. Can you think of a time when you were eager to make a difference? How did you turn your passion into action? Share your advice with other youth and young adults who want to make a difference and are figuring out where to start.
Submit your own original poster or photo(s) that share the advice you would offer friends, classmates, and teens around the nation who want to make a difference in the lives of others.  You can win prizes up to $500! http://1.usa.gov/1maYLLh   

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants  NEW!

Deadline: May 22

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas: implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs. Maximum grant award is $4,000. http://bit.ly/1i0oLDc     

Annie’s Grants for Gardens  NEW!

Deadline: June 2

Annie’s offers grants to school gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.  Get $500 to start a brand-new school garden program. Use these funds for anything from classroom seeds in a cup to garden beds. There’s no need to have an existing garden! Or, apply for $1,500 to deepen your school garden program. You must have an existing school garden to choose this entry type. http://bit.ly/YIGM4i     

L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth   NEW!

Deadline: June 25

L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth program celebrates everyday women who follow their true passion to make a difference in the world through volunteerism. Every year, 10 women are chosen and are honored for their extraordinary efforts to serve their communities with a $10,000 donation to their charitable cause. One of these amazing women is selected as the national honoree and rewarded with an additional $25,000. Honor a deserving woman’s selfless work in helping and inspiring others!http://bit.ly/11DeUuj     

National Environmental Education Foundation Every Day Grants   NEW!

Deadline: April 30

NEEF’s Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Every Day Grants strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening public land groups through funding for organizational capacity building and for events to engage their local communities on the lands for education, recreation, or volunteering.http://bit.ly/1k4Y5af  

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants

Deadline: May 2

Four million dollars will be granted to quality, youth-led service-learning initiatives throughout the United States. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Each grant request must focus in one of the priority issue areas. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution within the United States.  Non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement in public K-12 schools.http://bit.ly/1kBntUq  

PEOPLE All-Star Teachers Contest

Deadline: May 6   

Major League Baseball, PEOPLE, and Target invite you to nominate a current or retired teacher who is a classroom all-star. Someone who has made a difference in the lives of students as well as the community. Thirty teachers will attend and be honored at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota. http://atmlb.com/1go5VaP   

EarthEcho Expedition Student Achievement Grants    NEW!

Deadline: June 1

Teachers are invited to apply for EarthEcho Expedition Student Achievement grants of up to $2,000 to support projects that mitigate the impacts of dead zones in local communities, as inspired by EarthEcho Expeditions: Into the Dead Zone. Interested public school educators must be registered at www.EarthEcho.org/Expeditions to be eligible to apply. All applications must be submitted through the NEA Foundation online application portal, with additional instructions athttp://bit.ly/QCDeOp  

Partners of the Americas Legislative Fellows Exchange Program  NEW!

Deadline: June 8

The Legislative Fellows Program is a US Department of State-funded exchange program implemented by Partners of the Americas that aims to bridge civil society and government. US Fellows undertake two-week fellowships in one of the participating countries in Latin America & the Caribbean. Applicants should be mid-level professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. They do not need to speak Spanish or Portuguese to participate. http://bit.ly/QJqF3n   

True Hero Competition   NEW! 

Deadline: June 30

True Hero grants cash awards to high school, college and qualified non-profit community youth organizations that sponsor service trips and volunteer activities for students.  These cash awards enable more schools to continue their service learning programs and offer a life changing experience to those students who participate. Awards are given to those projects with the most on-line votes on June 30th, 2014. There is still time to post your project and get votes! http://bit.ly/1nKwVDi           

State Farm Student Achievement Program

Deadline: June 6

K-12 public school teachers in the United States and select Canadian provinces are invited to apply for YSA’s State Farm Student Achievement Program to implement an extended service and learning program in their classroom, school, or school district. Funding of $1,000 for one-classroom, or up to $4,000 for school districts or groups of teachers is provided, as well as training and ongoing consulting from YSA’s education experts. Learn more at:www.YSA.org/studentachievement    

A program introduction webinar for all interested applicants will be held on May 19 at 5:00 PMEastern. Register at http://bit.ly/1hrqhks  

National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program 

Deadline: June 19 

The National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program is for young leaders who want to take their campaigns, causes, and service activities to the next level. The year-long program funds and trains youth (ages 16-22) to lead community change. Ambassadors receive a $1,000 project grant and a trip to Washington D.C. for an amazing training program. Fifty-one NCAM Youth Ambassadors will be selected - one per state and the District of Columbia - creating a powerful national network of young people who raise their collective voice in service to other youth. “Early decision” is deadline May 19, regular deadline is June 19. Apply at www.YSA.org/ncam   

All nice and ready for you! Come thru! Tomorrow, 4/11. 530pm-7pm. 2801 s Ridgeway #snacksonsnacks #artparty #youngones (at Little Village Boys and Girls Club)