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’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.

Remember, everyone has rights! Please review and become familiar with the National Immigration Law Center‘s Know-Your-Rights materials available in English and Spanish.


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: 

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