The recent surge of unaccompanied minors means so many more of the youth we serve need caring adults in their lives to connect them to education, mental health, and legal aid services. Last year, a small group of staff began the DREAMer Committee to respond to these needs with the goal to help youth fulfill their educational goals.
Since then, the committee has organized three DACA clinics, know-your-rights trainings, cultural events, and rallies often donning the red “Our Dreams Are Not illegal” t-shirt of their own design. They also raised money to establish the DREAMer Fund to help youth apply for the President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other immigration process fees. So far, they have awarded 13 scholarships to help youth apply for DACA and other protected immigration statuses, including one youth, Manuel Sibrian, who applied for U.S. citizenship to pursue his dream of joining the Police Academy.
The Committee welcomed its first youth liaison member in 2015 and looks forward to helping the youth member build a youth committee to plan and execute their own advocacy and educational events.
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is pleased to offer free Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinics to help individuals in the community complete initial or renewal applications. DACA provides deportation relief and a two-year work permit to individuals who came undocumented to the U.S. as children before June 15, 2007. LAYC’s DACA clinic is offered to the community in partnership with pro bono attorneys. The next clinic will be in the fall. Stay tuned for dates.
LAYC DREAMER Fund
LAYC’s DREAMER Fund helps past and present LAYC participants (including LAYC Career Academy, Next Step, and YouthBuild Public Charter Schools) apply for DACA or to support other immigration process expenses. Funds are limited and are available on a rolling basis.Download the LAYC DREAMer Fund Application
- Entered the U.S. before your 16th birthday
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Have lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 and were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Are in school or have completed high school or your GED, or have been honorably discharged from the military
- Have no serious criminal history
What to Bring to a DACA Clinic
Below are the documents that help prove your eligibility for DACA.
- A copy of your passport, consular I.D. or other valid picture identification that proves your identity
- A copy of your birth certificate
- A copy of documentation showing you are in school or completed school, or that you are an honorably discharged veteran
- A copy of your U.S. citizen child’s birth certificate or a copy of your Lawful Permanent Resident child’s green card
- Copies of documents that show you were in the United States before January 1, 2010 (examples are school records or utility bills).
- If you intend to have a complete application at the DACA Clinic, also bring passport photos and a money order for the application fee.
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Araceli Rosenberger, Communications Manager, at (202) 319-2253, or email@example.com.