The project RAICES has once again received a $150,000 Quality of Life grant.
The Quality of Life Fund and the Illinois Department of Public Health fund the grant in accordance with the goals of the Illinois and national HIV/AIDS strategies, which involve anti-stigma efforts in the fight against AIDS.
RAICES is an anti-stigma project addressing key challenges experienced that young people in the Cicero and Berwyn communities face.
In the past year, RAICES has created a series of LGBT educational events, trained more than 150 youth on LGBT issues, and developed a bilingual social marketing campaign that addresses LGBT inclusion and acceptance. The poster will be unveiled at the Olympic Theatre in Cicero Saturday, Dec. 8.
Pictured are (from left) RAICES program participants Cesar Carrillo, Christopher Avalos, Emmanuel Garcia (project leader) and Reyna Ortiz. Photo courtesy of Garcia