DREAM SUMMER APPLICATION – DEADLINE WAS APRIL 21, 2014
The Dream Summer National Internship Program is a project of the UCLA Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center. It is a national ten-week, full-time leadership development program run by and for immigrant youth leaders. Entering its fourth year, the program will continue to offer immigrant youth opportunities to develop their professional skills and further their involvement in social justice. Interns are eligible for a $5,000 leadership award with their participation in the program.
WHO SHOULD APPLY TO DREAM SUMMER?
The program is open to both highly involved immigrant rights organizers and those who wish to begin or strengthen their involvement with the immigrant rights movement. We welcome various types of leadership styles and value the diversity of roles that make a social justice movement possible. If you are an artist, grant-writing master, savvy researcher, or have any other skill that you want to incorporate into social justice work, this is the place for you. The Dream Summer internship program timeline is from June 16 – August 22, 2014. Opportunities will be offered in locations listed below.
Age Requirement: 18-30 yrs old by June 1st
1. Provide leadership development and training for immigrant youth through internships with social justice organizations
2. Increase the capacity of social justice organizations by providing them with talented and capable immigrant youth activists
3. Strengthen the commitment within social justice organizations to advance the rights of immigrant youth
4. Strengthen multi-generational social justice movements
5. Provide financial awards for immigrant youth to pursue their educational goals
WHAT DID DREAM SUMMER DO LAST YEAR?
The year 2013 was marked by tangible national momentum toward Immigration Reform yet the federal government failed to produce legislation that would provide relief to the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living with the fear of deportation. In its third year, Dream Summer once again provided internship opportunities that address these and other pressing issues affecting immigrant youth. The 2013 leadership program exposed the Affordable Care Act’s exclusion of undocumented immigrants, increased the visibility of Asian Pacific Islander communities in the immigrant rights movement, and examined the Defense of Marriage Act’s impact on immigrant communities, among other accomplishments. Dream Summer 2013 trained and placed 96 immigrant youth at 57 organizations in 8 states.
WHAT IS NEW THIS YEAR?
This year we will disseminate theUndocumented and Uninsured research findings on the impact of healthcare exclusion of immigrant youth in California. The program will further explore the mental health needs of immigrant youth and look for solutions. At the same time, we will address the links between mass incarceration and mass deportation impacting communities of color. The program is committed to continue creating a narrative of inclusivity as part of the national immigration reform debate.
We received over 300 applications for Dream Summer 2014. Our selection committee has been working hard to read each application and is finalizing acceptance decisions city by city. We are almost done and are sending out notifications on a rolling basis starting with east coast cities and moving west until we finally reach Los Angeles.
Southern: Notifications by May 28, 2014 11:59 PM PST