The recent surge of unaccompanied minors means many more of the youth we serve need caring adults in their lives to connect them to education, mental health, and legal aid services. In 2015, a small group of staff began the DREAMER Committee to respond to these needs with the goal to help youth fulfill their educational or career dreams.
Since then, the committee has organized immigration legal clinics, know-your-rights trainings, cultural events, and rallies often donning the red “Our Dreams Are Not Illegal” t-shirts. Most importantly, the committee raised money to establish the DREAMER Fund to help youth apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and other immigration process fees. To date, the DREAMER Fund has made 15 awards 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.
LAYC DREAMER FUND
LAYC’s DREAMER Fund helps past and present LAYC/MMYC participants (including LAYC Career Academy, Next Step, and YouthBuild Public Charter Schools) apply for immigration-related expenses. Funds are limited and are available on a rolling basis.Download the LAYC DREAMER Fund Application in English Descargue aquí la Solicitud de Beca DREAMER de LAYC en Español
Please refer to the following resources:
- Check out the latest online resource for immigrant youth, families, and advocates: www.InformedImmigrant.com has the latest DACA updates, legal resources, KYR information, safety planning, and critical resources for advocates and educators working with undocumented and DACA students.
- In 2018 a Federal Judge ordered USCIS to begin accepting DACA renewal applications again ONLY. Please review this Frequently Asked Questions document prepared by NILC and United We Dream. If you have been granted DACA in the past, you may apply for renewal. This does not apply to first-time applicants who have never been granted DACA before. Advance Parole for DACA recipients will not be accepted.
- Use and share this Family Preparedness Plan from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), available in Spanish and English. These tips and tools will help everyone create a safety plan regardless of their immigration status.
- Steptoe & Johnson LLP with AYUDA, Children’s Law Center, and the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition have created a guide for DC Immigrant Parents Rights (2017), available in English and in Spanish.
- If you witness immigration enforcement (ICE) activity in your community, report to it to United We Dream’s MigraWatch hotline. Call 1-844-363-1423 and share this information to protect communities from detention and deportation. Text heretostay to 877877 to receive text alerts about immigration enforcement (ICE) activity near where you live.
- Have immigration questions? Contact a local immigration lawyer or legal service provider. You can find a legal provider or attorney near you by using the Immigration Advocate Network’s interactive map and national immigration legal directory.
If you are experiencing a financial burden due to immigration costs (and you are a past or current LAYC/MMYC participant) apply for our scholarship!
Questions about the committee or scholarship? Contact Noah Hughes-Dunn at (202) 427-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.