Internships and Leadership Development for DREAMers

(New York, NY) This week, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the Fund for Public Advocacy released the DREAM Fellowship Program application, as part of a new initiative that will provide 10 exceptional undocumented students with CUNY scholarships of $2000 each and the opportunity to participate in an internship and leadership development program.  Internships will be with organizations that educate and empower immigrant families across New York City.

As advocates continue to push for passage of the federal DREAM Act, programs such as the DREAM Fellowship Program will, in the meantime, provide a group of exceptional DREAMers the chance to pursue a college education, gain valuable leadership-building experience, and participate in efforts to improve the quality of life for New York’s immigrant communities.

Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the NYIC said, “We are proud to be moving forward with the DREAM Fellowship Program, and are grateful to the Fund for Public Advocacy for raising the scholarship dollars. We look forward to working with the DREAM fellows, and taking this important step to expand educational opportunities for all our young people, regardless of status. The fight for the federal DREAM Act continues, but in the meantime, the DREAM Fellowship program can help young people fulfill their potential.”

Reshma Saujani, executive director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, said, “The Dream Fellowship is one of the cornerstone projects of the Fund for Public Advocacy this year. I cannot say how proud we are to be able to help ten students who are exemplars of self-determination. Although they face extreme adversity in their mission to attain a higher education, they study hard and work harder to ensure that their dreams become realities. This fellowship program extends ten exceptional students the opportunity to learn about community organizing, as well as a one semester scholarship. We are honored to help them on their journey.”

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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

The NYIC in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy is launching its first ever “Dream Fellowship”—a semester long internship and scholarship program that will place DREAM Act-eligible students with community organizations that work to improve the lives of immigrant youth and their families. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a supplemental training program that will provide them with invaluable skills and knowledge to advocate on behalf of immigrant communities. Selected students will demonstrate excellence beyond academic achievement; they will be students who have a proven track record of leadership and community service who want to deepen their skills while continuing their education.

The NYIC will award ten exceptional City University of New York students a $2000 scholarship based on acceptance to the fellowship.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be full time or part time CUNY students at the time of application with at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2012 Spring semester;
  • Have a proven interest in building community organizing skills and be able to commit 7 hours per week during the 2012 academic Spring semester;
  • Have a proven track record of leadership and service in either academic and community settings;
  • Be eligible under current version of the federal DREAM act.
  • Demonstrated financial need

All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. A completed application, two current letters of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by December 15, 2011 to ‘DREAM Fellowship’ at the The New York Immigration Coalition, 137-139 West 25th St, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Students may also submit their applications to

To apply for the scholarship, please see attached application or click HERE

DEADLINE for accepting applications: Friday, December 16th, 2011

Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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