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Inspired by the life and example of Pedro Poveda, a group of his followers in the Chicago area  decided to support the needs of immigrants, particularly in education and in passing the exams of the GED exam ( General Education Development ).

Their efforts led to the creation, in 2002, of the Poveda Education Project ( PEP). Five years later this project was incorporated as a legal entity.

For twelve years classes were held in a common area of the Parish St. Francis of Rome. In 2014 an old Parish building was renovated by members of the Teresian Association and friends and since then, the building is exclusively used for the PEP Project.

texto PovedaPEP.Throughout the years, the T.A. membership has grown in its ownership as several of the, now retired associates, teachers themselves, are responsible for programs in the areas needed for the GED exams. Dozens of individuals have also helped in the project as volunteers, collaborators and activities supporter.

The students are adult Hispanics from the community who want to improve their educational background, some by participating in a literacy program, others preparing for the GED exams to obtain an equivalent High School certificate.

Of the more than 700 people served, over 100 have already obtained the GED.

The programs offered are:

  1. English as a second language
  2. Literacy and Primary Education
  3. General Education Development

The project is possible with the human resources of many volunteers and through pedagogical materials ( Library)

The support structure consists of:

•Board of TA members and Alumni of PEP

You can help by:

  • Becoming a volunteer: tutor in basic education, training in basic computer use, tutor for English as a second language
  • As a collaborator in the office, and library
  • Donating books, school material, cleaning tools
  • Helping in cultural events
  • Helping in fund raising
  • Making a monetary contribution

You may find us at:

St Frances of Rome Parish
1431 S Austin Blvd
Cicero, Il 60804
Tel 773 9641103