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Join Us for Dream Summer 2017


What is Dream Summer? 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;
  • 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.

Examples of our past work include the  Healthy California Project in 2013. Fellows who participated in this project promote the right to access health care, regardless of immigration status. For more information on this cohort visit Undocumented and Uninsured. 2015 saw the was the launch of our labor cohort, designed to highlight the importance of labor and immigrant experiences in the U.S. labor movement.

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 2017


Questions? Email us at 2017dreamsummer@gmail.com