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2018 Year in Review 

Without doubt, 2018 was a tough year for our community. Despite it all, the incredible resiliency of the immigrant community in the suburbs led us to accomplish great things together. We would like to highlight a few: 

  1. This year, the 8th Annual Day of the Immigrant brought together over 15,000 people and over 45 local service providers & businesses to the Bolingbrook Town Center, making it the largest suburban celebration of immigrant contributions. 
  2. Our Parent Mentor Program doubled, going from 3 schools to 6 schools! Over 40 Parent Mentors have served over 1,429 students at J.R. Tibbott, Jonas E. Salk, Pioneer, BJ Ward, Independence, & Skoff Elementary Schools in Bolingbrook and Romeoville.
  3. We surpassed 200 students that have graduated from our citizenship classes at one of our partnering libraries in Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Crest Hill, and Woodridge. We hosted 2 citizenship workshops in Bolingbrook, and  through our partnership with Family Focus Aurora, we were able to offer free legal consultations and low-cost immigration services to 135 people last year. 
  4. Together with New Life Lutheran Church, SSIP brought the Mexican Consulate to Bolingbrook back in April, where over 750 people processed important identity documents and received know your rights trainings & information on crucial resources.
  5. Youth Engagement was a big part of 2018 for SSIP. Starting early with advocacy trips to Washington D.C. for the DREAM Act and DACA to our summer Changemakers 2018 internship where 10 youth leaders completed over 580 hours of service and registered 250 new voters. 
  6. Leadership Programs: In partnership with The Resurrection Project, SSIP trained community navigators that helped reach & connect 900 people to services. In partnership with MapsCorps, SSIP recruited 6 high school students and 2 college students that mapped over 400 legal, social, health service organizations & businesses in the suburbs. 
As SSIP enters its 9th year of empowering the immigrant community in the suburbs, we remain steadfast in our commitment to building the world we need! Can we count on your support? 
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