Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
E4FC was started in 2006 by Carrie Evans and Katharine Gin, two educators with over 25 years of combined experience working with low-income, minority youth. Kathy and Carrie had taught, counseled, and mentored undocumented students in a variety of educational settings, and were astonished by the lack of information, resources, and support available to ambitious undocumented students who wanted to pursue higher education. When these students were ready to graduate from high school and go on to college, they found themselves excluded from most of the opportunities afforded to their native-born classmates—i.e. government financial aid, work-study jobs, internships, loans, and most private scholarships. Kathy and Carrie started E4FC in order to provide direct support to and advocacy for motivated, college-bound undocumented students who had come to the United States as children and wished to remain.
E4FC's mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve their academic and career goals and actively contribute to society. Over the past seven years, we have grown to offer an array of programs and services that holistically address the needs of undocumented young people through direct support, leadership development, community outreach, and advocacy. We are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
While many other groups and organizations serve immigrant youth, we are unique in the combination of:
our exclusive focus on undocumented young people,
our holistic approach to addressing their needs, and
the leadership of undocumented young people in the design and implementation of our programs and services.