In December 2014, the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP) convened a group of 70 stakeholders from five regions of the U.S. where a large number of immigrant youth potentially eligible for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and/or potential future DREAM Act legislation reside. Over two days, the local teams explored barriers to these youth’s educational and training success  and developed strategies for “moving the needle” to increase their access to and completion of secondary, postsecondary and adult education and training programs. The event helped create a common understanding of education and training success issues facing DACA-DREAM youth among the local teams of policymakers, community leaders, educators and workforce program administrators participating in the symposium, while also identifying many common challenges and aspirations for improvement across sites.

Building on the success of the symposium and in response to the common learning needs and capacity-building challenges it identified across sites, the NCIIP has created the Network on Educational Success for DACA-DREAM Youth. The Network will serve as a vehicle for continued learning and sharing among local policymakers, education and training institutions, and immigrant community organizations seeking to improve education and training access and attainment for DACA-DREAM youth. Using a variety of mechanisms to build and share knowledge—including  blog posts, periodic webinars and briefing calls, and an extensive resource library—Network  participants will have numerous opportunities to continue to collaborate, share promising practices and devise strategies that improve educational success for young adults potentially eligible for DACA and potential future DREAM Act legislation.

The Network currently includes representatives from the following agencies and organizations:

California’s Central Valley

  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Fresno Adult School
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Fund
  • Education Leadership Foundation
  • Fresno City College
  • Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative
  • United Farmworkers Foundation
  • Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno
  • Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento


  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • Chicago Mayor’s Office of New Americans
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Illinois Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Illinois Dream Fund Commission
  • Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Latino Policy Forum

Los Angeles

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • California Community Foundation
  • California Immigrant Policy Center
  • Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Los Angeles Unified School District


  • Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
  • Montgomery College
  • Prince George’s Community College

New York City

  • Atlas DIY
  • City University of New York
  • LaGuardia Community College
  • MASA
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • NYC Department of Education

Philanthropic Partners and National Experts

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • TheDream.US
  • Educators for Fair Consideration
  • The Embassy of Mexico in the United States
  • Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Televisa Foundation
  • Unbound Philanthropy
  • United We Dream
  • Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund


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