Supporting undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship
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Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration supports undocumented young people in realizing their academic and career goals and actively contributing to society. We offer holistic programming that addresses their financial, legal, career, and emotional health needs. Specifically, we provide scholarships, legal services, professional and personal development workshops, and a strong peer network. We also lead presentations and create educational materials to raise awareness and support nationwide. Our programming is designed by and for undocumented young people with support from committed allies.
Through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), nearly 270,000 undocumented young people have been granted a reprieve from deportation and the ability to put their talents and skills to work. However, receiving DACA is just the beginning. In this publication, we help DACA recipients better understand their new reality by answering frequently asked questions about travel, employment, rights and benefits, renewal, and more.
We're pleased to announce the recipients of our first-ever DACA Mini Grants Program! We awarded over $3,000 in kickstarter funds to support seven amazing undocumented young people who recently obtained DACA.
We launched our DACA Mini Grants Program because we know it's not enough to simply obtain DACA. Undocumented young people need information, support and resources to pursue the opportunities made possible because of DACA.
"I thought receiving a work permit and social security number would solve all of my problems, that somehow I would just magically be happier," says Fernanda Lopez, a recent graduate of San Jose State University and one of our DACA Mini Grants recipients. "Although being granted DACA has been a true blessing, it has also been one of the most difficult times in my life. This grant has given me the courage to put aside my insecurities and indecisiveness, put the petal to the metal, and actually start applying for reporting jobs." Read more.
National Creativity Contest Winners
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Spotlight on Deferred Action
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is here! Check out the following resources we've prepared: