Immigrants Rising engages a diverse coalition of undocumented young people and allies who are committed to building lasting relationships that meaningfully impact the lives of undocumented young people.
Quick Guide to College Access for Undocumented Students in California
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. Please visit: http://unitedwedream.org/
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) houses the California Dream Act Application which allows undocumented students enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. CSAC also provides additional information and resources about the CA Dream Act. Please visit https://dream.csac.ca.gov/
MALDEF - Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "law firm of the Latino community", MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. Please visit http://www.maldef.org/
California Immigrant Guide - California is home to many newcomers from all over the world. In an effort to integrate immigrants, California has developed innovative services that help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of our state. This guide features services that help immigrants thrive and succeed in their paths towards integration. Please visit: http://immigrantguide.ca.gov/en
Mental Health Resources - California Community Colleges have been and will continue to explore how to meet students' health and wellness needs. The Chancellor's Office works in partnership with other state agencies on early intervention initiatives, faculty and staff training, suicide prevention, and peer-to-peer programs. The Vision for Success encourages us to provide students with robust and varied support to meet them where they are.
For undocumented communities, mental health resources are vital. This resource will introduce various perspectives and promising practices currently used to respond to undocumented students' unique mental health needs.
Mental Health - Undocumented Students
Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, Inc.
Local, free assistance with DACA and more
Contact: Mariela Hernandez
175 Solano Street
Corning, CA 96021
Direct Line: (530) 824-4039
Immigration laws are complex, subject to change, and broad in their interpretation. Specific immigration questions should be referred to immigration attorneys. The following links may be helpful.
Immigrants Rising - Getting Legal Help: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/getting-legal-help/
California Rural Legal Assistance: http://www.crla.org/
Immigrant Legal Resource Center: https://www.ilrc.org/
Red Cards: https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards
National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/
Information Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca
Educational Resource Binder: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/educational-binder/
Help for Immigrant Families: Guidance for Schools: https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/school_resource_v3.pdf
Top 10 Ways to Support Undocumented Students: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/top-10-ways-to-support-undocumented-students/
CA Undocucollege Guide & Equity Tool: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/california-undocucollege-guide-equity-tool/
Educators United to Protect Immigrants and Refugees: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/educators-united-to-protect-immigrants-and-refugees
CDE & CSAC Joint Announcement on DREAM Act: PDF
10 Things you need to know about the California Dream Act: https://www.csac.ca.gov/sites/main/files/file-attachments/10_things_you_need_to_dream_act.pdf