Congratulations Class of 2014!
Congratulations to the class of 2014! This year, many folks graduated and celebrated their achievements alongside their friends, educators, and family.
The sight of people graduating reminded me about my graduate school commencement in May 2013. I found myself thinking that my accomplishments would not have been possible without my family and the educators around me who helped me challenge my institution and create opportunities.
Because our success is not possible without a community supporting us, our parents, educators and community must join us in our fight to access education. Currently only about 5-10 percent of the approximate 65,000 undocumented high school students who graduate each year attend college, and only about 1 percent of those students graduate. This means that too many community members are pushed out and left out of education.
Furthermore, as of today 22 percent of the potentially eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) population does not meet the education criteria because they do not have a high school degree, its equivalent nor are enrolled in school. This does not come to a surprise as 62 percent of those who could have benefited from the 2010 proposed DREAM Act would have also been ineligible due to the lack of educational opportunities.
For this reason, the work of the United We Dream’s Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) is critically important.
DEEP is a catalyst for educational justice and empowerment for immigrant students. DEEP helps students, educators and institutions engage in conversation about education access and advocate for resources for immigrant students. Conversations around education and our community are important because only about 5-10 percent of the approximate 65,000 undocumented high school students who graduate each year attend college and only about 1 percent graduate. This means that too many from our community are being left out and pushed out of education.
Join affiliates KDC, NJDAC, WDAC, ScholarshipsA-Z, SIM, IDEAS AB540 Project, and C4D in advocating for educational resources and making sure that educators, parents and students know their educational rights and are prepared to benefit for future policies or laws!
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Conversations around education within our community are important because although a lot has changed in the past two years for myself due to my eligibility for DACA and the support of my educators, unfortunately DACA is still unattainable to many and students across the nation are still not receiving the support necessary or correct information needed to succeed within education.