Karen Pérez, Community Engagement Coordinator

Karen is a Community Engagement Coordinator for Kids First Chicago. She grew up in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. She earned a B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, while working as a youth mentor for elementary school students at Institute for Latino Progress. Later on she joined Teach for American wand was placed at Denver, Colorado where she taught in a bilingual classroom for 3 years. It was then that she became an advocate for Bilingual Education. Karen came back to Chicago and is working on encouraging parent voice and advocacy in educational issues in the Back of the Yards Community.