“Dream Summer” – Developing the Leadership of Immigrant Youth

The Obama administration’s policy shift earlier to summer to temporarily halt deportation proceedings  against undocumented youth was a sizable victory for the Dreamers.  With their courage and leadership, the undocumented and allied youth at the forefront of this movement for rights have captured the nation’s attention.
The UCLA Labor Center is supporting this next generation of leaders with its Dream Summer Program, designed to combine students’ commitment and passion with tangible experiences within the social justice sector. More than 100 DREAM Act student leaders participated in last summer’s intensive training.
The 2012 Dream Summer is building upon this successful model, and is anticipated to reach 200 more young leaders this summer.  Students are assigned 10-week full-time internships with social justice and labor organizations to build and refine their skills.
The goals of “Dream Summer” include: providing social justice organizations with talented and capable immigrant student activists; strengthening the commitment within social justice organizations to advance the rights of immigrant youth; and providing scholarships for immigrant students to pursue their educational goals and advance social justice activism on campus. 
The Rosenberg Foundation is proud to support the UCLA Labor Center’s 2012 Dream Summer Leadership Program with a grant of $52,000.