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Apply for E4FC's Leadership Teams!
Applications Due April 12th
E4FC invests in developing the concrete skills and leadership capacity of undocumented young people through our Outreach, Legal Services and Policy Advocacy Teams.
“I joined the Outreach Team because I want to help spread a positive message to other undocumented students trying to achieve their professional goals by sharing my story and all the incredible resources E4FC has to offer.” — Jose Carrasco
Outreach Ambassadorslead community presentations and trainings for undocumented youth, parents, educators, and allies about the challenges and opportunities facing undocumented students. Outreach Ambassadors participate in an intensive year-long training program to become powerful public speakers, hone their personal narrative, and strengthen their leadership skills. Find out more about Outreach Ambassador positions and apply here.
Legal Advocates have helped more than 1,500 undocumented young people throughout the country by providing personalized information about potential routes to lawful status in the United States. This team supports young leaders interested in legal careers with extensive training in immigration law as well as mentorship and networking connections to the legal field. Many of our past Legal Advocates have obtained employment with reputable immigration attorneys and non-profit agencies and have been admitted at top law schools across the country. Find out more about our Legal Advocate positions and apply here.
Policy Advocates are young leaders working to acquire critical policy analysis, research, and advocacy skills, while contributing to the advancement of E4FC’s advocacy priorities. The Policy program will open applications in Fall 2015 for a new cohort of Policy Advocates to begin in 2016. For updates on the Policy Team’s ongoing work this year, click here!
"Invest in the Dream" Accepting Proposals
E4FC is pleased to announce Year 2 of its "Invest in the Dream" Fund, a matching grant program designed to encourage scholarship providers nationwide to expand educational opportunities for undocumented students.
In 2015, E4FC will offer 1:1 matching grants, up to $50,000 each, to scholarship providers that create or expand scholarship opportunities for undocumented students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Matching grant recipients will be selected through a competitive review process. E4FC staff and advisers (including undocumented students) will review all grant proposals and select those that most effectively advance opportunities for undocumented students.
Grant proposals are due by July 1, 2015. Download the grant application form here.
Grant recipients will be announced by September 11, 2015 and grant funds will be awarded in December, 2015.
Grants from E4FC must be matched 1:1 by scholarship provider organizations. Scholarship providers can use matching funds from any source, including existing organizational resources, contributions from individual donors or foundation grants.
For more information, visit the “Invest in the Dream” Overview page.
Answers to other Frequently Asked Questions are here.
Administrative Relief Updates
Updated: February 20, 2015
Earlier this week, we learned that, as part of a lawsuit brought by 26 states against the U.S. government, a federal judge ruled to temporarily halt the implementation of the recently announced DACA expansion and DAPA programs. We believe this recent decision by Judge Andrew Hanen, while an unfortunate and unnecessary political distraction, is merely a temporary roadblock to the full implementation of President Obama's administrative relief announcement last November.
While the Department of Justice seeks an emergency stay to lift this injunction, we remain confident that higher courts will eventually overturn this ruling and allow full implementation of the DACA expansion and DAPA programs. In the meantime, as a community, our best response is to push forward and continue to educate, advocate and organize around DACA/DAPA access. E4FC will continue our commitment to raise awareness within our community through our outreach presentations, educational guides and legal screenings through our Dreamer Intake Service.
Most importantly, please keep in mind that: 1. If you met the eligibility requirements for the original DACA announcement in 2012, and are preparing to apply or renew, the current process has NOT changed and is NOT affected by this announcement. For details on how to fill out the original application, see our Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for DACA
2. If you met the eligibility requirements initially revealed for DACA expansion or DAPA, this decision means that you should NOT yet submit an application, as USCIS is currently not accepting them at this time. You can, however, continue to prepare materials for the application - such as documents attesting to proof of residence, school and/or medical records, and immigration paperwork that attests to your proof of entry.
3. Continue to be vigilant of fraud and notario scams, especially in this time. Be wary of anyone claiming to be able to help you submit an application for DACA/DAPA expansion, as this is not yet possible. For a list of credible legal providers, please see: www.immigrationlawhelp.org
Founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college, career, and citizenship in the United States. We address the holistic needs of undocumented young people through direct support, leadership and career development, community outreach and education, creative expression, and advocacy. Our programming is designed by and for undocumented young people with support from committed allies. We are a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives.