A Piece of a Dream
CUNY IVE Leadership Program
May 27, 2009
Every year more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high
schools across this nation, and they cannot continue to higher education
because of their status and financial barriers.
These students were brought into the country by their parents and call the
U.S. their home, but their immigration status puts higher education out of
Preventing these students from receiving an education promotes a cycle of
poverty and robs us of the talent of these future leaders.
“Education for a better nation”
An educated youth creates an educated workforce that leads to a sustainable and
prosperous economy and nation.
This country has been investing in the education of these students since elementary and
secondary school, thus it makes sense that these students are given the opportunity to
continue onto a higher education and have them become professionals, and in return
become members of the U.S. educated workforce.
Undocumented students are graduating with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and are
being denied the opportunity to join or contribute to the U.S. workforce.
A Solution: The Dream Act
The purpose of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act
is to make college accessible and affordable to undocumented students who
have been raised in the U.S. and who graduate from American High Schools.
The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation that would grant qualified
undocumented student access to federal loan and work study programs and
serve as a pathway to citizenship for thousands of qualified students.
Has been proposed in Congress numerous times and has NOT been passed.
In the mean time..
Undocumented students who wish to go to college have to struggle with:
Finding a job
Not receiving financial aid
Information: Our solution is providing information to students wanting to go
It is not going to solve the overall problem but it goes a long way towards
hope and enabling undocumented students for a better future!
“A Piece of a Dream”
The project “A Piece of a Dream” was created to aid undocumented High
School students in the U.S. achieve a college education.
It will seek to address all areas of the college experience in which
undocumented students may be at a disadvantage.
“A Piece of the Dream” website
The website covers the following areas:
Applying to College
Interning and Volunteering
In addition..Pd Show coming soon
Bi-weekly half-hour show (Pd show) to begin this summer. In which we will
College Application process
How to get a tax ID
Scholarships & internships opportunities for undocumented students.
Answer questions & much more!