RESOURCES

There are lots of great resources (and lists of resources) that already exist for undocumented young people and the educators who want to work in solidarity with them.

 

Below are a few sources we want to highlight for legal services, info/groups for students, and guides for educators. We will also post specific opportunities in our blog, so be sure to check back and scroll through archives.

 

If there is something you think we can add here, please contact us. Thank you!

Green Light Driving Together: Drivers Licenses for all!

Learn about how to prepare to apply for a New York State Drivers License, available starting December 16th 2019 no matter your legal status. You will need a valid ID from your home country.

Hudson Valley Justice Center

Hudson Valley Justice Center is based in Westchester County and provides legal aid and assistance accessing health care and other important programs. Lawyers at Hudson Valley Legal Services can help you open a new case, or offer defense if you have to appear in immigration court.

Office for New Americans

ONA Opportunity Centers offer free and confidential legal aid to pursue legal status, or legal presence through programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

New York Immigration Coalition

NYIC offers workshops, resources, and legal aid for immigrants in New York in addition to fighting for policy changes. They have also established a hotline to report hate crimes against immigrants post the Trump election.

Senator Jose Peralta NYS DREAM Act

The NYS DREAM Act allows certain undocumented immigrants who graduated high school or from a GED/TASC program in NYS to apply for state financial aid to go to college. Contact us for help with your application!

Dream and Promise Act

Summary of the federal Dream and Promise Act that passed the House of Representatives in Spring 2019. This legislation still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed into law.

City University of New York

CUNY has a "Dreamers Hub" with information on college policies, immigration legal services, CUNY and partner scholarships, and related programming on campus.

You may also want to visit the CUNY DREAMers student group website.

State University of New York

If you live and attend high school in NY or graduated with a NY diploma, check this website to confirm eligibility for in-state resident tuition rates and for additional information about SUNY admissions and programs. This brand new site is especially designed for undocumented students!

Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising (previously E4FC) has gathered tons of information on scholarships, legal services, policies, and educational programs. They are based in the West Coast, but their databases like the giant spreadsheet of scholarships are for undocumented students nationwide.

My (Un)Documented Life

My (Un)Documented Life is a really well organized and up-to-date blog on nearly everything related to being undocumented. There are regular posts, and you can search archives for any topic from upcoming scholarship deadlines, to personal stories, to living with (and without) DACA.

New York State Youth Leadership Council

NYSYLC is a coalition led by and for undocumented youth. Here you can find information on current New York State and City campaigns. If you can make it into NYC, they have regular meet ups and workshops. You can also reach out to them with questions.

Rural & Migrant Ministry

RMM is the fiscal sponsor of ADELANTE. This non-profit organization has three year-round Youth Empowerment Programs: the Youth Arts Group (Orange and Ulster Counties), the Youth Economic Group (Sullivan County) and the Justice Organization of Youth (Wayne County). If you are a high school student you can apply to join. RMM also has summer day programs in Wayne and Orange Counties, and an Overnight Camp that serves all of rural New York.

United We Dream

UWD is the largest national network of immigrant youth. You can become a member, or sign up to receive helpful updates and become involved in campaigns. They offer phone workshops and trainings, and also post resources online such as guides to current questions and scholarships.

Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education

CCCIE provides models for best practices for public colleges and universities (especially community colleges) nationally that wish to welcome undocumented students. They publish guides and offer methods for helping both welcome students and give them support needed to succeed on campus.

Department of Education Resource Guide

In 2015 the US Department of Education published a guide for ways that educators can support undocumented students. Sections include guidelines for both K-12 and higher education institutions, and information about student aid and scholarships.

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