“Their parents encourage them to keep their heads low, not share their stories, not speak out about immigration issues,” said Katharine Gin, executive director of Immigrants Rising, a San Francisco-based advocacy organization that works with undocumented youth. "Especially if they’re not from Mexico or other parts of Latin America, no one suspects them of being undocumented.”
“We basically had a piece of legislation that gave us a purpose — gave us energy,” said Dean Santos, who works at Immigrants Rising, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps undocumented young people achieve their career and educational goals. DACA “helped define us and started getting some of us involved in fighting for our rights. But honestly, there’s still not enough involvement.”
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Congratulations to Juan Deoses, who’ll receive support for his entrepreneurial project Centro Familiar, which provides quality mental health services to undocumented children and families who otherwise wouldn’t have access to professional services. Every month we award up to $2,000 short-term, non-renewable funding through our Entrepreneurship Fund Kickstarter Grants.
Watch videos of these brilliant undocumented storytellers sharing their stories of hustle, heartbreak, and humor.
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."