Board of Directors
Adrian Puga, President, spent his childhood in Gage Park before moving to the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. He is currently a Junior at Whitney M. Young High School and is a member of the Computer Refurbishing club, is a cofounder of Investing club, and is President of Business Professionals of America club. Going from a neighborhood elementary school to a selective High School, he witnessed a great inequality in educational resources across neighborhoods. Through the Bridge Tutoring program he wishes to “bridge” the gap between the contrasting qualities of education, not only through academic tutoring, but also by offering guidance to the young minds as they try to find themselves.
Cairo Yépez, Vice President, grew up in Garfield Ridge on the Southwest side and is currently a junior at Jones College Prep. Cairo is involved in the Collegiate Scholars at the University of Chicago, a program geared towards college readiness and engaging in the community. He also enjoys participating in several clubs helping disadvantaged Latinos, such as his school’s Association of Latin American Students and Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school, Cairo spends time helping out his family, reading about current events, or enjoys cruising around the neighborhood on his skateboard. For Cairo, Bridge Tutoring is a path to aiding young, aspiring students to realize their dreams and find success in their future.
Angelica Ramirez, Marketing Director, has lived in West Lawn for most of her childhood and is currently a junior at Jones College Prep. She is involved with multiple clubs at Jones including Folklorico and Pride Club, along with being the president of Minority Leaders of Impact. Outside of Jones, Angelica is usually spending time with loved ones or making art. Angelica is always looking for ways to help out communities and believes that Bridge Tutoring can do so. She joined Bridge Tutoring to allow students a chance to improve and to help them get an understanding of their goals in their future.
Freddy Rodriguez, Secretary, spent his childhood in Pilsen before moving into the Gage Park neighborhood and is currently a junior at Jones College Prep. Inside of school, Freddy is a class representative for his class student government and secretary of Minority Leaders of Impact, a club that strives to empower and create a difference among latinx and black communities. Outside of school Freddy is involved in multiple medical programs, volunteers at hospitals and has even started his own medical program at the Harold Washington Library as he dreams to someday become a doctor. During his free time, he enjoys running, biking or anything that makes him active. Through Bridge Tutoring, Freddy hopes to help kids gain confidence in themselves by improving their performance in school as he also struggled at an early age as he didn’t speak english.