Telpochcalli Community Education Project (Tcep) mobilizes youth and adults for social justice work by building individual capacity, collective power, and mutual responsibility through culturally relevant and community-directed education, leadership development, and organizing.


The Telpochcalli Community Education Project (Tcep) is a non-profit organization focused on creating social change in Little Village and sorrounding communities. Its overall vision is to build the capacity  and participation of community residents “in the formation of a more united, educated, safer, and to be a socially prepared community, through a community cultural center directed by the residents themselves", through educational, recreational, and cultural activities.



Telpochcalli Community Education Project (Tcep) is a nonprofit organization located in the Little Village/South Lawndale community of Chicago’s west side. The organization was founded in 1998 by a group of parents and teachers committed to address the lack of social, cultural and educational resources available to families in Little Village and Telpochcalli School. In 2002, Tcep formally organized as a nonprofit community-based organization.


Tcep provides the opportunity for education and empowerment, enabling participants to take action to change their communities for the better. 


​Maria Velazquez

Executive Director

Yesenia Lopez

Board President 

Nacho Gonzalez​

Board Vice President / Board Treasurer

Lizbeth Sanchez

Board Secretary 

Cheryl Flores

Board Member

Julian Lazalde

Board Member

Susan Mullen

Board Member

Jessica Vargas

Board Member

Jose Velazquez

Board Member





Leadership Team