Who We Are
Since its founding, the Dream Resource Center has emerged as a national source for innovative research, education, and policy on immigration issues. Our work is critical to ensure immigrant youth continue to be at the forefront of the national conversations that directly impact their lives and families. We believe that young people deserve the right to learn, be healthy, and pursue their dreams – regardless of immigration status. Below is a list of our ongoing programs and projects.
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 summer fellowship. Since its groundbreaking launch in 2011, Dream Summer has partnered with various social justice organizations across the country to provide over 500 fellowship opportunities to immigrant youth and allies.
Dream Summer Alumni Network & Council
The Dream Summer Alumni Network uplifts, connects, and channels the collective power of 550+ Dream Summer alumni across the country. To guide this work, as well as lead continued personal, professional, and leadership development for our alumni, is the Dream Summer Alumni Network Council.
Healthy California Project
Healthy California develops leaders at the intersection of immigrant rights and health care access, and promotes immigrant wellness throughout California. In 2013, the Healthy California project led the first study by and about undocumented immigrant youth regarding health care access. The research resulted in “Undocumented and Uninsured: A Five-Part Report on Immigrant Youth and the Struggle to Access Healthcare in California.” Find the research and resources here.
This year, the Health Ambassador Fellowship was launched, which trains and develops immigrant leaders as health advocates for undocumented Californians in the following regions: Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, and the San Joaquin Valley. Health Ambassadors are experts in their region committed to addressing wellness through organizational partnership building and community engagement.
Undocumented Stories Exhibit
Undocumented Stories will present the powerful experiences of the undocumented immigrant community, featuring students, unaccompanied minors, and community members. The exhibit will include photographs, oral histories, posters, art, and videos that help represent these powerful experiences. The exhibit will highlight the stories of undocumented immigrants who have built a movement to change policies impacting deportations, higher education, and unaccompanied minors. Additionally, in an effort to contextualize the new wave of immigrant youth, the exhibit will pay homage to the current “humanitarian crisis” of unaccompanied minors migrating from Central America. Exhibit launch date and location coming soon. Learn more here.