The Dream Resource Center (DRC) is excited to launch the Immigrant Justice Fellowship, a California statewide fellowship that serves as a platform for immigrant youth to continue to be at the forefront of empowering and protecting immigrant communities. Now, more than ever, it is important to connect tools and resources to immigrant communities across the state as they face increased threats of detention and deportation. We are standing together to resist and ensure the wellbeing of immigrant communities and continue to build an immigrant rights movement grounded in justice, equity, inclusion, and power.
The Immigrant Justice Fellowship is an eight-month, part time fellowship across six regions in the state of California. Fellows will be placed in the following regions: Orange County, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Central Valley, Silicon Valley, and Sacramento. Through the fellowship, fellows will work collectively to develop a plan of action that empowers and protects immigrant communities. Fellows will:
- Lead educational events in their local communities
- Example: Put together an event that promotes the Dream Resource Center’sUndocumented Stories exhibit, which uplifts the narratives of immigrants and engages audiences in dialogue regarding the fight for healthcare access, higher education, and the rights of immigrant communities.
- Engage in strategy sessions with local and regional entities
- Example: How to establish “sanctuary” on campuses to ensure that students feel safe and protected.
- Develop trainings to disseminate resources and empower immigrant communities
- Example: Host Know-Your-Rights workshops and Deportation Defense workshops.
- Example: Host Communications workshops to engage in narrative shift efforts for California’s immigrant communities.
- Partner with local school districts, organizations, healthcare providers, government agencies, etc. to leverage resources and create opportunities to advance immigrant communities