ASPIRANTES from across the organization joined organizations from across the state of Illinois to participate in Latino Unity. The event brings together Latino communities from around Illinois to participate in important decisions that impact their communities. In addition to connecting with organizations and other young people from across the state, ASPIRANTES were able to sit in the Senate gallery and witness how legislation is passed, as well as explore careers in state government.
Illinois State Senator Iris Y. Martinez took a moment to speak to our youth, and shared her experience as an ASPIRANTE. Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti also invited our group to meet in her office, where she shared her personal story of growing up in poverty and leveraging education to propel her into state government.
After their visit to the Capitol, students also toured the University of Illinois in Springfield.