ADELANTE STUDENT VOICES
We go ADELANTE/FORWARD together
WHAT WE DO
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.
WHY WE DO IT
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, 2020 is not a typical year. We are developing an exciting online plan for the summer, and will release flyers and the application soon. Any undocumented high school student who lives in New York State outside of the City can apply to join.
CALL TO ACTION
The CARES Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
On April 21, 2020, the Trump Administration, through the U.S. Department of Education, provided additional guidance on the distribution of HEERF where it explicitly excluded undocumented college students (with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA]) from receiving these funds.
We call upon college leaders to take action today to support ALL of their students.
PREVIEW THE APPLICATION
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!