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 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. 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
LAYC’s DREAMER Committee is temporarily postponing any future DACA-specific clinics. We continue to provide information, disseminate resources, and support advocacy efforts for our immigrant youth and their families.
UPDATES & RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANT YOUTH UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AS OF 7/21/2017
Many questions remain about the future of the DACA program and immigration policies in general. LAYC will regularly update this page with information as it is available. Please refer to the following resources:
- On 7/20/17, Senators Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a new bipartisan bill called the Dream Act of 2017. LAYC will be following closely to share updates on this page. You can learn more about what this new bill means for DACA recipients and Dreamers in this post from United We Dream.
- NILC, United We Dream, and Indivisible have launched a new project for organizing and information to protect and defend immigration communities. For more resources and to learn how to get involved, visit and sign-up at #StandUp.
- The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program still stands until the administration makes a decision to change it.
- The Migration Policy Institute has released a summary of the administration’s major immigration actions during its first 100 days. Review the document for policy facts, developments, and any action’s current status as of April 2017.
- 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.
- There are confirmed reports of a surge of immigration enforcement (ICE) actions across the U.S. Review these critical Know Your Rights materials from United We Dream (available in multiple languages.)
- Visit this important DACA Under Trump’s Administration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page created by United We Dream and DACA: Current Status and Options by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), both published February 2, 2017.
- United We Dream‘s Gaby Pacheco shares a Practical Guide for Steps to Take Now to prepare for possible repeal of DACA, published January 24, 2017.
- If you are eligible for DACA or DACA renewal, review this guide from United We Dream for a summary of current recommendations about applying at this time. More detailed updates are available from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Both guides were published in November 2016.
- 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, scholarship, or the information above? Contact Cecilia Dos Santos at (202) 319-2258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.