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On Tuesday, June 21st, three of INTREN’s new summer interns had the privilege of attending the National Latino Education Institute’s (NLEI) 44th Annual Dinner with INTREN executives and guests. Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO and founder of INTREN, is a longtime advocate of NLEI and their efforts to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged youth.

INTREN’s interns had never been to an event like this before and had no idea what to expect. Although they knew that NLEI seeks to enhance the quality of life for Latinos by providing education and employment opportunities, it was not until they actually experienced this event did the interns realize how much of an impact this organization truly makes and the role that INTREN plays in this impact.

The event consisted of a silent auction followed by a dinner with keynote speakers. The program was hosted by CBS 2 Chicago News’s Roseanne Tellez who did a great job at keeping the crowd entertained. The night was full of entertainment, but also full of powerful stories from NLEI alumni.

“For me it helped to see firsthand what a difference NLEI makes in the community,” said Samantha Reis, Marketing Intern. “The speaker that really stood out to me was Nancy Rociles. She told us about her struggles making it in America with limited educational and career opportunities. Hearing how she overcame domestic violence and came to NLEI for support truly opened my eyes to the impact that NLEI can offer each individual. Through the help of NLEI, this single mother now has the proper training and education to advance her career and make her mark on the world.”

The last keynote speaker, Dimas Trujillo, talked about how the CONSTRUCT Program changed his life and how NLEI and INTREN gave him opportunities that he never thought were possible. The CONSTRUCT Program gives participants the opportunity to develop skills for entry-level positions in the construction industry. Since graduating the CONSTRUCT Program, he is now working with INTREN and wants to continue to grow his professional career.

In reference to the silent auction, Dimas joked at the end of his speech, “I promise one day I’ll be outbidding some of you.”

Seeing firsthand how INTREN, along with all of the other supporters, impacts NLEI and all that NLEI does for its communities, was a very rewarding experience for all of the interns at the 44th Annual Dinner.