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What is the Alliance of the Southeast, or ASE (pronounced like the verb “hacer” in Spanish – “ah-say”, or “to do or make”)?

ASE is a multicultural, interfaith coalition of churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations, all working together to address the challenges facing the neighborhoods of Southeast Chicago. Formerly the Alianza Leadership Institute, we have grown from our beginnings as series of leadership skills workshops to a powerful network with over 40 community partners representing thousands of people.

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Our Mission: What We Do

We build the capacity of leaders, organizers, and associations that carry out community and social change. We envision a powerful grassroots base that impacts decision makers and wins real improvements in our neighborhoods.

Whether we’re ending youth violence, creating local jobs, reducing recidivism, or advocating for economic justice- our voices are stronger together!

ASE carries out this mission by:

  • Building a strong alliance of active faith-based institutions, community organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals
  • Hosting listening sessions to ensure that issues of concern to constituents are campaigns that are prioritized
  • Establishing the leadership skills necessary for members to take power for themselves\
  • Giving members the tools and support necessary to win projects that they build and lead from start to finish
  • Partnering with organizations in other regions and participating in city-wide events that are relevant to our cause

Join ASE as a member here, or find out more about our current initiatives around restorative justice, youth leadership, and community mapping.

Chicago Skyline 2008

view of southeast Chicago

view of southeast Chicago (Photo credit: ~C4Chaos)

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  1. ASE is one of the best things happening at Southeast Chicago. When people get involved, good things happen for our youth. Thanks Amalia. You are a great leader. May God bless you!

    • Thank you, Guadalupe! ASE can only be as strong as the people involved in the organization. The more we work together as a community, the stronger we will be. Thank you for your support and for being involved.

  2. Amalia NietoGomez followed the shuttered Alianza to create and lead ASE which is a diverse, multigenerational, and transformational coalition on the southeast side. I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of its community organizing through grassroots outreach to residents and partners emboldened and engaged in fierce advocacy campaigns for environmental, social, and racial justice. And as a south side resident, I am deeply grateful for ASE’s continued powerful advocacy and Amalia’s strong and strategic leadership. Way To Go!

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