UCLA Labor Center

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Dream Summer Fellowship

Dream Summer is an annual national fellowship of the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center (DRC). Through Dream Summer, the DRC has provided over 800 fellowship opportunities to immigrant youth and allies and has partnered with over 265 social justice organizations across the country. Dream Summer:

  • Empowers immigrant youth and allies to be the next generation of social justice leaders through leadership and professional development, movement building, and on-the-ground experience in social justice organizations.
  • Creates a safe and healing space for immigrant youth and allies to connect and build with one another.
  • Promotes an intersectional, cross-racial, and intergenerational approach to social justice that addresses the needs of immigrant communities.

Fellows are placed within social justice-based host organizations and work closely with their host organization to incorporate and strengthen the role of immigrant rights issues alongside the organization’s social justice work. Over the summer, fellows engage and lead social justice efforts by aligning the call for immigrant rights alongside the unique challenges of queer and transgender communities; Asian and Pacific Islander communities; Black immigrant communities; the ongoing mass incarceration and criminalization of people of color; worker rights; COVID-19 relief efforts and post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts; and health care access for all.

Dream Summer 2022 COVID-19 Regulations

Dream Summer 2022 is set to be a virtual/hybrid experience due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All fellows and staff will need to be fully vaccinated to participate in the fellowship. To learn more about what a virtual/hybrid experience entails and other COVID-19 regulations for the fellowship, please review the application guides and FAQ document. Staff will notify fellowship participants immediately of any changes.

Dream Summer 2022 Information Session

On Tuesday, February 1 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST, the UCLA Dream Resource Center will host a virtual information session about Dream Summer 2022. Learn about the fellowship application process, fellowship experience, the impact of COVID-19 on the fellowship, and ask questions. The Dream Summer 2022 information session is for prospective fellows. The session is not for prospective host organizations.

Prospective fellows can register for the session at https://bit.ly/2022DreamSummer.

Fellow Application Process

Dream Summer 2022 is open to both experienced social justice leaders and those who wish to begin or strengthen their involvement in social justice. The fellowship is open to all immigrant youth, regardless of immigration status (undocumented youth, youth with DACA or TPS, etc. are all welcome to apply). Applicants do not need to be students at UCLA or any college to qualify for the fellowship. Dream Summer fellows receive a $5,000 fellowship award, leadership and professional development training, and become part of a national alumni network of over 800 immigrant rights leaders.

If you are interested in becoming a Dream Summer 2022 fellow, please review the linked Application Guide and FAQ’s document below. You can submit your application through the linked application portal below. The deadline for 2022 fellows to apply is February 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST.

For questions that are not addressed in the application guide or FAQ’s, please contact Dream Summer coordinators Gaby Gil and Jessica Olivares at ucladreamsummer@gmail.com.

Host Organization Application Process

For Dream Summer 2022, the DRC is seeking to partner with organizations that address issues intersecting with the experiences of immigrant youth including but not limited to: educational access; health; labor; mass incarceration and deportation; and the unique experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander, Black, Muslim, and LGBTQ+ undocumented communities.

If you are interested in becoming a Dream Summer 2022 host organization, please review the linked Application Guide below. You can submit your application through the linked application portal below. The deadline for 2022 host organizations to apply by is January 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM (noon) PST.

For questions that are not addressed in the application guide, please contact Dream Summer coordinators Gaby Gil and Jessica Olivares at ucladreamsummer@gmail.com.