Presentation on theme: "How To Be An Effective Ally"— Presentation transcript:
1How To Be An Effective Ally CREATING A CULTURE OF SUPPORT FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY
2Presenters Jane Slater- Sequoia High School, Redwood City Itzel Díaz- Sequoia High School, Redwood CityMaría Fernández- John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, Stanford UniversitySheryl Muñoz-Bergman- International Institute of the Bay Area
3Agenda Connecting with your undocumented population Differentiating students’ views of their documentation statusRecognizing your school’s culture with respect to undocumented studentsCreating a supportive school cultureStarting a clubFundraisingPartnering with community groups
4Connecting with Your Undocumented Population Range of time in countryFamily members with different statusEstimated numbers of undocumented people by county:Assume that there is at least one undocumented student in each of your classes47,298 in San Mateo County39,045 in San Francisco146,208 in Santa Clara County11,769 in Marin County102,268 in Alameda County58,663 in Contra Costa CountySurveys/ideas?Assumptions that undocumented are recent arrivals
5Differentiating students’ views of their documentation status Students’ understanding varies:Those who know status and advocate for selvesThose who don’t know…find out filling out FAFSA or other applicationsThose whose parents want them to hide itThose who see no hope & have given upThose who just think things will work out
6Recognizing your school’s culture with respect to undocumented students What Students See and HearWhat Staff Should See and HearPositiveStaff publicly addresses issueDREAM clubAvailable resourcesStaff attempting to speak students’ native languageNegativeThe issue is avoidedNegative commentsStaff lacks knowledgeTopics related to undocumented students on staff meeting agendasStudent presentations to staffLegal expert visits/ guest speakersVisible info for AB540 studentsPosted scholarships not requiring SSN (Naviance)Go-to people on staff. Public allies you can send students to.Public conversations (with students & staff) about different immigration statusRespect for confidentiality
7Starting a Club Get the students there Enlist staff allies Have specific projects to work on (short term goal momentum)Develop long-term goalsDevelop students’ leadership abilities within the clubPublicizeConnect to community resources
8Sequoia High School Dream Club: Get Students There Invite students personallyInclude documented studentsEncourage members to bring friend(s)Present to classesAnnounce in daily bulletinCollaborate with counselors
9Sequoia High School Dream Club: Enlist Staff Allies Gain administration supportPresent yourself as a resource to staff on these issuesUse your personal connections on staffConnect with staff who can share their knowledge, time & resources
10Sequoia High School Dream Club: Make long- and short-term goals Annual EventPresentations at Middle SchoolsPresentations to parentsParticipation at community eventsSan Mateo County Youth Conference, Teens In Action Community ShowcaseFundraising for ScholarshipsPolitical ActivismRally in support of Dream Act, postcard campaign on Back To School Night
11Sequoia High School Dream Club: Make the Club Visible PostersYearbook pageT-shirtsSchool newspaperSan Mateo Daily JournalStaff presentationsFacebook
14Sequoia High School Dream Club: Fundraising Ideas Host eventsSell productsWedding/birthday giftsChurch GroupsWork with other school groupsAsk for donations from staff and personal network
15Sequoia High School Dream Club: Connect to Community Resources Immigrant Youth Action TeamSequoia High SchoolRedwood City 2020Redwood City Public LibraryFair Oaks Community CenterBoys and Girls Club of the PeninsulaInternational Institute of the Bay AreaCañada College student group and Upward BoundPeninsula Conflict Resolution CenterSequoia District Migrant Youth ProgramAlumni(Maria?)in the Sequoia High School category mention the Parent Center, Teen Resource Center, students, alumni, teachersI’ll just share a few works and pose some questions for you coming from the broader community outside your school or program settingsStudents spend much of their time in school, but they also navigate in different parts of the community.In addition to the Dream Club, a number of Redwood City organizations have come together to leverage the group work that the Dream Club had already been doing, and in that way promote awareness and support for undocumented youth outside of school as well – forming the immigrant youth action team.As you can see from this list, we have youth-serving organzations, city government department like the library and community center, legal agencies, and our local community college.
16Partnering with Community Groups Benefits of Building Community Partnerships:Partners and supporters who share your mission, work with same population, and can spread your messageMore resources (financial and in-kind) to help grow and expand your current effortsA greater network of individual allies, mentors and partners who build meaningful relationships and experiences with undocumented youthIn showing the next two slides, Maybe Sheryl would like to speak to how we did this in a concrete say – say talking about the Making Dreams Come True event.
17Broadening your Community Partnerships Who in your community shares your mission or serves undocumented youth in some way?What are they already doing that can contribute to your efforts?When can you get together and learn about each others’ work and learn how you can both benefit?Where can these partners experience what you’re doing and see the impact their potential contribution can make?How will you make concrete commitments for working together?IdentifyResearchExploreAsk themLeverageInviteExperienceLearnAction
18Making Dreams Come True: The Time is Now! The Community Youth Development Initiative’sImmigrant Youth Action TeamPresents/Presenta:Making Dreams Come True:The Time is Now!Logrando hacer sueños realidad:Hoy es el momento!Sequoia High SchoolRedwood City, CA
19Who We AreFormed in the summer of 2010, the Immigrant Youth Action Team is comprised of youth and adults working to increase the visibility, actions of, and resources for our immigrant youth.This team is part of Redwood City 2020’s Community Youth Development Initiative, a collaboration of nearly 40 organizations that work to support the children, youth and families of the Redwood City and North Fair Oaks community. We invite you to join us!Quienes SomosFormado en el verano del 2010, el Equipo de Acción de la Juventud Inmigrante está compuesto de jóvenes y adultos que trabajan para aumentar la visibilidad, las acciones, y los recursos para nuestros jóvenes inmigrantes.Este equipo forma parte de la Iniciativa para el Desarrollo Comunitario y Juvenil de Redwood City 2020, una colaboración de casi 40 organizaciones que trabajan para apoyar a los niños, jóvenes y familias en la comunidad de Redwood City y North Fair Oaks. Los invitamos a que nosacompañen.Dream Wall / Pared de SueñosResource Table / Mesa de RecursosSequoia Dream Club Table/Mesa de Sequoia Dream ClubStudent Photo Silent Auction / Subasta de fotografíaselaboradas por los estudiantesBuy your raffle tickets/ Compre boletos de rifaDinner! / Cena!Program/Programa6:00 – 6:30 pm Arrival, Activities, Dinner and Raffle Ticket SaleLlegada, Actividades, Cena y Compra de Boletos de Rifa6:30 – 7:00 pm Welcome and PurposeBienvenida y PropósitoItzel Díaz & Lilly CamposSpecial Message/Mensaje EspecialAlicia Aguirre, Vice Mayor/Vice Alcalde, Redwood CityRecognition/ReconocimientoGabriel Arteaga, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s OfficeAbout/Acerca del: Sequoia Dream ClubRoberto Pablo Pimienta7:00 – 8:00 pm Dramatic Re-enactments /Obras DramaticasNames of youth actors here?Personal Stories / Historias PersonalesYaritza, Yessica, and JesúsDigital Stories / Historias DigitalesValeria, Alexis, Rossmeri, Itzel, Javier8:00 – 8:10 pm How You Can Support/Como Puede ApoyarnosJane Slater, Dream Club Scholarship Founder,Fundadora de la Beca Dream ClubMagali Molina, Becario Anterior8:10 – 8:20 pm Acknowledgements and Raffle!Reconocimientos y Rifa!8:20 – 8:30 pm Closing/CierreWe invite you to take information from the resource table home with you.Los invitamos a que lleven la información de la mesa de recursos a casa.Join is in these activities as you arrive!Acompáñenos en estas actividades al llegar
21Creating a Supportive School Culture What can you do as part of your every day behaviors to make all students feel safe?Think of one undocumented student with whom you work. What is one concrete thing you can do as his or her ally to show your support?
22CONTACT US Jane Slater- Sequoia High School, Redwood City Itzel Díaz- Sequoia High School, Redwood CityMaría Fernández- John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities, Stanford UniversitySheryl Muñoz-Bergman- International Institute of the Bay AreaWebsites: