August 2021 Newsletter

Spark Your Entrepreneurship Dreams at

Spark—First Funding Cycle for the SEED Grant Closes September 3

We’re excited to bring you Spark Entrepreneurship Hub, which has been built from years of our organizational experience and learnings from undocumented entrepreneurs and with a mission to spark entrepreneurial dreams for our immigrant communities.

Through Spark, we currently offer $5,000 and $10,000 grants to undocumented entrepreneurs in California. There will be four funding cycles, with the first cycle closing this Friday, September 3. Learn more about our funding opportunities here.

2021 Pre-Law Fund Recipients

Introducing Pre-Law Fund Recipients & New Law School Guide

This year, we’ve selected 10 undocumented students applying to law school to receive our 2021 Pre-Law Fund Recipients. Congratulations to Isidora, Ana, Freddy, Wendy, Aiko, Mitzia, David, Yael, Paulina, and René! Read their profiles here.

Interested in applying to law school? Check out our new Law School Guide for Undocumented Students (created by and for undocumented law students).


Instagram LIVE on California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant

Instagram LIVE on California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant

Nancy Jodaitis, our Director of Higher Education, and Madeleine Villanueva, our Catalyst Fund Specialist, join Terry Artica from California Student Aid Commission and Valentina Rodriguez-Martinez to share how students with a Cal Grant B award can apply for additional funding of up to $3,000 per academic year through the DSIG and answer questions potential applicants may have. Watch the video here.

Visit to apply for the Dream Act Service Incentive Grant.

Coming Soon

Coming Soon: Mental Health Career Program

Mental Health Career Program

Are you an aspiring undocu-professional in the mental health field looking to accumulate hours towards your licensure? Stay tuned for our new professional development opportunity!

Be the first to know when the application goes live.

Community Story

Denia Pérez

“Because I knew how hard it is for people to get status, I was determined to find a way to advocate for other undocumented people.”

Welcome back, Denia! Denia Pérez joins us as Immigrants Rising’s Legal Services Manager. Denia first came to Immigrants Rising in 2010 as a New American Scholar, and she became our Legal Advocate, and eventually, Legal Services Coordinator. Returning as an immigration attorney, she’s excited to continue serving the undocumented community and bolstering our Pre-Law Program. Watch Denia’s story.