Build The Dream Leadership Cohort
Build The Dream Leadership Cohort’s purpose is to develop the new generation of organizers in the immigrant right movement across the nation that aims to engage their leadership in an interdisciplinary youth organizing school with framework of racial justice, intersectionality, and healing lens to protect immigrants, people of color, and other vulnerable communities.
Build The Dream organizing framework and programming for this leadership cohort is grounded on the following four areas:
- Dream It: Knowledge & Resources, youth will gain knowledge on the history of social justice movement such as immigration, LGBTQ+, womxn, and indigenous rights to better understand the political and social moment we are in.
- Power It: Leadership Building, youth will learn from experienced and local organizers on how grass-roots organizing plays an important role in society. They will gain knowledge on organizing philosophy, how to develop and run an educational and institutional campaign, transformation narrative, and critical thinking skills through a racial justice and intersectionality framework.
- Make it: Take Action, youth will get hands on experience organizing events, canvassing, participating in forums, communications and digital organizing.
- Feel it: Community Sustainability, lastly – but most importantly, youth will learn and grow through fun and recreational activities such as artvism, music-vism, breathing & meditation, food & plan justice, and healing. College prep, tutoring, and scholarship workshops will be offered.
- Educating community members about the specific issues based campaigns in TX, NM, CA, DMV, FL, Education Justice, Deportation defense, etc;
- A stronger grassroots organizing/advocacy infrastructure to advance protections for immigrant youth and their families;
- A growing corps of youth leaders steeped in a racial justice and intersectional analysis;
- Learn and embody community sustainable practices for:
Institutional policy changes (e.g. increased access to education and resources for undocumented students; protection from deportation and from campus police/ICE cooperation);
- Well-developed storytelling/narrative strategy to counter the criminalization of immigrants, humanize the debate, and make progress toward broader relief for immigrant communities.
Conducting one to ones – building relationships with people and engaging them in the program.
- Hosting Community Town Halls – Opportunities or dinners to bring community together to build relationships and discuss important issues facing us all, and in turn what we can do about it.
- Collecting Voter Registrations – Fellows will actively register voters.
- Collecting Pledges – Pledges are issue-based pledges in which voters pledge to make their voice heard on Election Day.
- GOTV Mobilization – Fellows will work with strategic partners to push the youth vote in the Midterm elections.
- Real work experience working on an issue-based campaign.
- Directly motivate young people and mixed-status families to vote in elections.
- Some opportunity to pressure existing elected officials and hold them accountable for their policies and votes.
- Building out local organizational capacity on-campus and off-campus.
- Organize direct actions that help elevate our issues.
- Attend monthly trainings and weekly check-ins with the program director.