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. 


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Parent leaders in the Para Ti Mujer Conferece


​Maria Velazquez

Executive Director

Yesenia Lopez

Board Chair

Nacho Gonzalez​

Vice Chair / Board Treasurer

Maria Cedeño

Board Member

Susan Mullen

Board Member

Lizbeth Sanchez

Board Member

Jessica Vargas

Board Member



Leadership Team 

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Call us:

(708) 885-9388

Find us: 

2832 W 24th Blvd, Chicago, IL 60623