Congratulations to Juan Deoses, who will receive support for his entrepreneurial project Centro Familiar.
The Entrepreneurship Fund provides financial support for the entrepreneurial projects of undocumented young people working to create positive social change. Every month we award up to $2,000 short-term, non-renewable funding through our Entrepreneurship Fund Kickstarter Grants.
Entrepreneur: Juan Deoses (New Mexico)
Juan Deoses immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico at the age of eight. He is a long-time student organizer and activist who has dedicated his life to working with undocumented immigrant youth and fighting for access to higher education and immigration reform. Growing up undocumented for 23 years, Juan knows firsthand the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants in the U.S., including fear of deportation, the financial struggle to support themselves and their family, and the sorrow of having loved ones pass away in their home countries without having the opportunity to say goodbye.
Juan recognizes that a person’s undocumented status has a significant impact, especially on their mental health. That’s why he decided to obtain a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in government non-profit management and a social work license to provide professional psychotherapy and counseling services to his Spanish-speaking community. Through his project, Juan hopes to utilize a social justice framework with a community approach to provide quality mental health services to undocumented children and families who otherwise wouldn’t have access to professional services due to lack of health insurance or financial resources.
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