Pilsen Neighbor’s Community Council (PNCC) is a non-profit, community-based organization (1954) whose mission is to work to establish policies and practices in the Pilsen and Southwest areas of Chicago around the needs of the community. PNCC invests in the development of new community leaders through leadership training to bring about civic engagement and action.
PNCC works on issues such as economic development, education funding, immigration reform, and workforce development. PNCC has been historically instrumental in organizing parents to upgrade school buildings, as well as building new schools to end overcrowding.
PNCC is part of Gamaliel of Metro Chicago and Gamaliel of Illinois, affiliates of an international organization, the Gamaliel Network, a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 17 U.S. states, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Gamaliel organizes and empowers ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social, and economic decisions affecting their lives.
Guadalupe A. Reyes, Fiesta del Sol Scholarship:
The scholarship has celebrated over 20 years of awarding scholarships to students all over the city. Fiesta del Sol has awarded over $1.1 mm in scholarships to more than 600 students.
University Round Table:
The University Round Table (URT) consists of a strong partnership with colleges and universities in order to bridge the education gap for minority and underrepresented students. The URT helps raise scholarships through the Guadalupe A. Reyes Fiesta del Sol scholarship program and organize our annual College Week at Fiesta del Sol.
College Week (July):
Over 20 colleges and universities both public and private provide valuable information to local college-bound students and their parents.
Over 15 schools provide community members with information about what to expect for the following school year.
Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) hosted for the first time ever at Fiesta del Sol the “Cannabis Expo” where members of the community had the opportunity of start the process to clear their cannabis records.
Pilsen Education Summit:
The Pilsen Education Summit is organized by the Pilsen Education Task Force (PETF) and the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. The purpose of the summit is to create a path of education from birth through college, and make participants aware of the educational resources available in their communities.