Empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship
POLICY ADVOCACY POLICY ADVOCATE DESCRIPTION
E4FC is committed to developing strong undocumented youth leaders who can play key roles and be at the center of designing and moving forward policy solutions for the betterment of all. E4FC’s policy advocacy efforts are focused in two overarching areas: 1) educational and career access for undocumented young people and 2) just and humane immigration policies. (For a detailed overview of the institutional and policy changes we seek, see E4FC Advocacy Platform.) The Policy Team is a new effort that provides young leaders an opportunity to acquire critical policy analysis, research, and advocacy skills, while contributing to the advancement of E4FC’s advocacy priorities. The Policy Team will be composed of the Policy and Communications Manager and 4-6 Policy Advocates. Advocates will participate in an 11-month program that will include in-depth training to develop overall leadership capacity and concrete skills, ongoing mentorship from E4FC’s Policy and Communications Manager, Jazmin Segura, and a $3000 stipend.
Those selected will conduct policy research and analysis to develop and implement an advocacy action plan on one of four issues prioritized for the 2014-2015 program year (see priority issue descriptions below).
With training and support, Policy Advocates will:
Create written materials, including policy briefs, fact sheets, and action alerts designed to increase awareness on their priority issue
Participate in community events, policy hearings, legislative visits and other relevant convenings in their issue area
Actively support and engage diverse communities in advocacy opportunities in their issue area, and participate in overall efforts to move forward E4FC’s advocacy priorities
Each advocate’s experience will be unique based on their issue-specific advocacy plan. However, when advocates complete the program, they will have increased overall knowledge and confidence in navigating public policy and administrative decision-making processes and be encouraged to use those skills to bring about long-term systemic change in their communities.
POLICY TEAM PRIORITY ISSUES AND CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
The Policy Team will focus on four priority issue areas for the 2014-2015 Program year. Each issue area is described below, along with an overview of the concrete responsibilities of the Policy Advocate assigned to that issue area.
Increase Access To Career And Professional Licenses
E4FC envisions a fair system that allows undocumented young people the ability to pursue careers that fully benefit from their skills, training, and potential. We believe that undocumented young people should be able to pursue their career and professional aspirations without restriction. In 2014-2015, we will focus on increasing access to career and professional licenses in health, law, education and social work in California.
The Policy Advocate assigned to this issue will:conduct research on the main barriers for undocumented young people accessing career and professional licenses in the fields mentioned above; produce written material to educate and inform undocumented young people about the processes and requirements for acquiring licenses in these fields; advocate for policies that seek to remove barriers in these fields (including attending policy hearings and other convenings); and identify young people who can speak to the urgent need to increase access in these fields.
Increase Access to Health Care Regardless of Immigration Status
We believe that undocumented young people and their families are a vibrant force in our culture, economy, and society, and should have equal access to health care and other health and human services. In 2014-2015, we will focus on increasing access to health care for the over one million Californians who, despite the Affordable Care Act, are unfairly excluded from affordable health care due to their immigration status.
The Policy Advocate assigned to this issue will: conduct research on Bay Area and statewide programs accessible to undocumented immigrants; create educational materials that inform undocumented young people about their rights; engage undocumented young people in advocating for inclusive policies that will ensure a healthy California; and participate in a statewide Health Network to advocate for health for all regardless of immigration status.
Increase Financial Support for Higher Education through CA Dream Act
We recognize that financial support for higher education is critical for low-income, first generation undocumented students. We believe that undocumented students should have access to the full range of financial resources they need to achieve their higher education goals. California is one of only four states nationwide that provide financial aid for undocumented students, however many barriers prevent undocumented students in California from accessing these funds. In 2014-2015, we will focus on increasing the number of undocumented students who know about, apply for, and are awarded funds through the California Dream Act.
The Policy Advocate assigned to this issue will: conduct research to identify the main barriers that undocumented students face when applying for and receiving funding from the CA Dream Act; investigate and share best practices from other states that offer financial aid to undocumented students; advocate for legislative and administrative fixes that will increase application, award, and pay rates for the CA Dream Act; and identify personal stories that highlight the barriers in accessing CA Dream Act.
Increase Institutional Support For Undocumented Students In Higher Education
E4FC envisions a thriving educational system, which welcomes aspiring undocumented young people and gives them the information, encouragement and resources they need to excel in higher education. Higher education institutions should respond to the needs and experiences of undocumented students by building awareness, creating policies, and institutionalizing support that addresses the needs and experiences of undocumented students.
The Policy Advocate assigned to this issue will: conduct research on existing admissions, enrollment, and retention policies related to undocumented students at Bay Area higher education institutions; identify the different levels of support at each institution; develop FAQs to inform institutions about issues affecting undocumented students; and develop policy briefs to be used to advocate for institutions to alter or improve their admissions, enrollment, and retention policies. The Policy Advocate will lay the groundwork for future institutional advocacy that will increase undocumented students’ access to higher education.
E4FC invites passionate undocumented young people and committed allies to join our first cohort of Policy Advocates. Participants must:
Be committed to E4FC’s mission
Identify as an undocumented young adult or committed ally of undocumented immigrants
Be currently enrolled or recently graduated from a two-year college or four-year university
Live in the Bay Area
Possess knowledge and a deep passion for one of E4FC’s four priority issue areas for the 2014-2015 program year
Be interested in learning about and conducting research on policy issues
Have strong writing and research skills
Be able to work well in a team and/or group setting
Have strong communication skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, multitask and be flexible
Experience in communications and social media is a plus
Bilingual and bi-literate is a plus
Knowledge and experience with image editing software is a plus
Attend mandatory overnight summer retreat from Friday July 25th to Sunday July 27th
Commit to approximately 20-25 hours a month from July 2014 to May 2015, including monthly in-person trainings (E4FC office located in San Francisco)
Policy Advocates will receive a $3,000 stipend dispersed throughout the course of the program year to support their participation
About E4FC’s Policy & Communications Manager
The Policy Team is led by Jazmin Segura, E4FC’s Policy and Communications Manager. Jazmin has been a strong advocate and outspoken leader in the immigrant rights movement. Before joining E4FC, she was the Policy Advocate at Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network, a leading immigrant rights organization in Silicon Valley, where she advocated for policies that promote immigrant rights and integration.
INTERESTED IN APPLYING? HERE ARE THE NEXT STEPS:
Please fill out the Policy Advocate Application by Sunday, May 18 at 5pm (PDT). A completed application consists of a resume and a writing sample (not to exceed 1,000 words).
Selected qualified candidates will be contacted for a phone or in-person interview.
If you have questions, please contact Jazmin Segura, Policy and Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 415-890-2901.