Reflection on the historic day, the strength of the undocumented youth movement, and what we can do next while we wait for the decision.
Congratulations to our first Entrepreneurship Fund Kickstarter Grant Winner: UndocuProfessionals. Starting in September 2019, we began accepting applications for our Kickstarter Grants, short-term, non-renewable funding of up to $2,000.
"Now that Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1645 into law, California Community Colleges are required to expand resources for undocumented immigrant students. However, there is one major problem with this law: the lack of funding to implement...Earlier this year California Community Colleges reported that only 35 of the system’s 115 community colleges have Dream Resource Centers. The existing centers are supported by a combination of the colleges’ own funding as well as external dollars."
Immigrants Rising is leading the research agenda on immigrants and entrepreneurship in America, along with its UndocuHustle program, which supports immigrants on their path to small business ownership with pitch competitions and mentoring.
Currently, 35 of the system’s 115 community colleges have Dream Resource Centers, according to a report on undocumented students published earlier this year by the California Community Colleges. The existing centers are supported by a combination of the colleges’ own funding as well as external dollars. For example, the California Campus Catalyst Fund, an initiative that supports undocumented students, helps fund centers at colleges including Chabot College in Alameda County, Oxnard College in Ventura County and San Diego Mesa College.
New resources to help educators support undocumented students in achieving their educational ambitions.
Karen Hernandez is a student at LA Trade Tech and one of our former Catalyst Fellows. She needs to raise $3,000 to fight her deportation case, stay in school and continue being a role model for her sons. Please watch this video and consider supporting Karen.