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Participate in Dream Summer 2016


The US Senate’s failure to pass the DREAM Act in 2010 sparked conversations among immigrant youth leaders on how to effectively sustain the immigrant youth movement, giving birth to Dream Summer, a national 10-week fellowship program that:

  • empowers immigrant youth to be the next generation of social justice leaders through leadership and professional development opportunities;
  • creates safe and healing spaces for immigrant youth to connect with each other and explore their identities;
  • and promotes an intersectional, cross-racial, and multi-generational approach to social justice that addresses the needs of immigrant communities.

The Dream Summer program has provided 500+ fellowship opportunities to immigrant youth and allies throughout the nation. Dream Summer participants have engaged in social justice work and movement building by addressing the intersections of immigrant rights issues with queer and transgender communities, the Asian Pacific Islander community, mass incarceration and deportations perpetuated by the criminalization of people of color, and health care access for all.

Since 2013, Dream Summer has included  Healthy California, as a special project. Fellows who participate in this project promote the right to access health care, regardless of immigration status. For more information on this cohort visit Undocumented and Uninsured. Last year 2015, was the launch of our labor cohort, designed to highlight the importance of labor and immigrant experiences in the U.S. labor movement. Both cohorts are available for participants to apply this year (2016). Participants are placed in social justice organizations for 10 weeks. Dream Summer interns work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the inclusion of undocumented immigrant issues onto the organization’s social justice work.  Dream Summer participants receive a $5,000 award for their participation in the leadership development training.

Participate in Dream Summer 2016