Adelante is a safe space for undocumented students in NYS to explore their legal status and routes to college with their peers and professional staff. Members join our network by attending a summer session and continue to develop their educational roadmap through mentorship and quarterly reunions. We also work with students to research new policy directions and offer consulting to colleges and universities that wish to welcome more undocumented students. Members become involved in legislative and institutional campaigns to contribute to a just New York State.


Message from founder Gabriela: "I arrived in this country from El Salvador when I was 13 years old. I realized that fulfilling my dream of attending college would be a monumental task. I was an undocumented immigrant. Luckily, I had a great support system. I founded Adelante to help other undocumented students navigate the same questions I had."


Membership in Adelante begins with participation in our Sumer Program. We typically offer one 10-day summer overnight program each year in the Hudson Valley. As you all know, 2021 is not a typical year. We offered a choice between an in-person 7 day program or virtual program. Check back in February 2022 for Summer 2022 programming and application. Any undocumented high school student who lives in New York State outside of the City can apply to join.


Emergency Funding for Students, Now Includes Undocumented Students

When lawmakers passed relief bills to give funds to families in need during COVID, undocumented people were excluded due to racist-nativist politics. Now, one important win due to pressure on colleges and lawmakers: colleges can use new funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) to give emergency aid to all students in need, even if they are undocumented or international. This money goes to colleges, and they are responsible to help students apply for it.

What's next? Colleges need to step up and quickly update their processes to include undocumented students. Students, you are not in this alone. Reach out if you have questions or want help accessing these funds at your college.

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We have received a number of questions regarding the New York State DREAM Act, the legislation that allows eligible undocumented students to apply for New York State Financial Aid for college. In response, we have created a slide presentation you can click through to preview screenshots of the application and read some of our own comments. Take a look, and let us know what other questions you have or information you want us to add!