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A Piece of a Dream. CUNY IVE Leadership Program May 27, 2009 Jenny Alcaide Kerri-Ann Mchayle. The Problem.

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a piece of a dream

A Piece of a Dream

CUNY IVE Leadership Program

May 27, 2009

Jenny Alcaide

Kerri-Ann Mchayle

the problem
The Problem
  • Every year more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across this nation, and they cannot continue to higher education because of their status and financial barriers.
  • These students were brought into the country by their parents and call the U.S. their home, but their immigration status puts higher education out of reach.
  • Preventing these students from receiving an education promotes a cycle of poverty and robs us of the talent of these future leaders.
education for a better nation
“Education for a better nation”
  • An educated youth creates an educated workforce that leads to a sustainable and prosperous economy and nation.
  • This country has been investing in the education of these students since elementary and secondary school, thus it makes sense that these students are given the opportunity to continue onto a higher education and have them become professionals, and in return become members of the U.S. educated workforce.
  • Undocumented students are graduating with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and are being denied the opportunity to join or contribute to the U.S. workforce.
a solution the dream act
A Solution: The Dream Act
  • The purpose of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act is to make college accessible and affordable to undocumented students who have been raised in the U.S. and who graduate from American High Schools.
  • The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation that would grant qualified undocumented student access to federal loan and work study programs and serve as a pathway to citizenship for thousands of qualified students.
in the mean time
In the mean time..
  • Undocumented students who wish to go to college have to struggle with:
      • Paying Tuition
      • Finding a job
  • Not receiving financial aid
our solution
Our Solution:
  • Information: Our solution is providing information to students wanting to go to college.
  • It is not going to solve the overall problem but it goes a long way towards hope and enabling undocumented students for a better future!
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“A Piece of a Dream”
  • The project “A Piece of a Dream” was created to aid undocumented High School students in the U.S. achieve a college education.
  • It will seek to address all areas of the college experience in which undocumented students may be at a disadvantage.
our website
Our Website:
  • The website covers the following areas:
  • Applying to College
  • College Tuition
  • Scholarships
  • Activist groups
  • Interning and Volunteering
in addition pd show coming soon
In addition..Pd Show coming soon
  • Bi-weekly half-hour show (Pd show) to begin this summer. In which we will speak about:
  • College Application process
  • How to get a tax ID
  • Scholarships & internships opportunities for undocumented students.
  • Answer questions & much more!