Mentoring and Empowering Youth

Empoderando a Nuestros Jóvenes

The IEIYC’s vision is to empower young immigrants through a region-focused lens to achieve social equity, dignity, inclusivity, and respect. We do this by providing various educational workshops, opportunities for engagement, and enriching programs that are mindful to our needs. 

Undocumented Mentorship Academy (UMA)

Fewer immigrants in the Inland Empire have a four-year degree (or more) compared to the rest of undocumented students throughout Southern California and the rest of our state. The high school to college pipeline for undocumented youth can be full of challenges and obstacles, from trying to finance an education without access to federal aid, to lack of adequate mentoring, and limited information on eligibility from post-secondary institutions. 

Because many low-income students are the first in their families to work toward higher education, they are often left depending on their schools to prepare them for college, which we find is not often the case.

To bridge the gap, the IEIYC created the Undocumented Mentorship Academy, a six-week program that provides a space for undocumented youth to enjoy mentorship opportunities, foster relationships with community leaders, engage in social activism, and develop skills geared towards preparing them for a career.

UMA consists of four cohorts, with a total of 56 students from cities throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Program highlights include:

  • Organizing 101, Know Your Rights, Social Justice History of the IE, and Civic Engagement as an Undocumented Student workshops.
  • Legislative visits to the offices of local and state representatives.
  • Campus tours to colleges with undocumented resource centers.
  • Increased social networks with leaders and other students.
  • $500 scholarship

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UndocuHealth Ambassadors Program

This program trains and equips a team of 10 immigrant individuals ages 18+ from San Bernardino and Riverside counties to advocate for preventative health care that is inclusive to everyone, regardless of immigration status. 

 

Through the UndocuHealth Ambassadors Program, we aim to do the following:

  • Increase the use of available medical programs.
  • Clear up any uncertainties about what constitutes a “public charge
  • Bring attention to the California Values Act (SB54) 
  • Clarify any misinformation that may prevent the undocumented population from seeking medical treatment.
  • Engage the ambassadors to be a part of the #Health4all campaign.

The 10 ambassadors in this program serve to engage at least 50 other community members from their circles through a series of health-related workshops, discussions about major health concerns, and opportunities for advocacy to build resilience within the IE’s immigrant community.

CA Dream Act Workshops

We host workshops about the California Dream Act around the same time applications open for this state financial aid program. Our team provides information and answers any questions high school seniors and college students may have about who qualifies for the CA Dream Act, when to apply, and how to complete the application. 

We also encourage undocumented students to think about:

  • Private v. public school options.
  • Differences between CSU, UC, and CC systems.
  • Financial aid options available to undocumented students.
  • Differences between the Dream Loan, AB 540, and the CA Dream Act.

Meetings with Local and State Leaders

The IEIYC is proud to support immigrant youth in uplifting their voices and building connections with local representatives throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During legislative visits, our members are introduced to governing leaders who have an influence on local policies. They share their experiences and discuss the impact that policy decisions have had on them and their families.

In these meetings, IEIYC members have the opportunity to shed light on issues that should be prioritized, potentially directing governmental leaders to focus on concerns that have a high urgency. Leaders we’ve met with so far include California Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona), Jose Medina (D-61), and Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino); California State Senator Richard Roth (SD-31); and U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Norma Torres (CA-35), and Mark Tekano (CA-41).

Meetings with Local and State Leaders

The IEIYC is proud to support immigrant youth in uplifting their voices and building connections with local representatives throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During legislative visits, our members are introduced to governing leaders who have an influence on local policies. They share their experiences and discuss the impact that policy decisions have had on them and their families.

In these meetings, IEIYC members have the opportunity to shed light on issues that should be prioritized, potentially directing governmental leaders to focus on concerns that have a high urgency. Leaders we’ve met with so far include California Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona), Jose Medina (D-61), and Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino); California State Senator Richard Roth (SD-31); and U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Norma Torres (CA-35), and Mark Tekano (CA-41).

Our Work Continues

In the face of political upheaval, changes to immigration policy, and even a global pandemic that has disproportionately affected our communities, we remain dedicated to our mission to provide mentorship, advocacy, and resources for immigrant youth to organize, mobilize, and dream in a safe space. 

Other initiatives we’ve led or continue to lead include:

  • COVID-19 Information and resources dissemination.
  • DACA info sessions and guidance.
  • Immigrant health advocacy presentations.
  • Navigating Higher Ed. As an Undocumented Student presentations.
  • Support for youth activists demanding the shutdown of Adelanto detention center.
  • Wellness and healing activities.
  • Census 2020 community engagement.
  • Know Your Rights presentations + Teatro Popular.

If you feel inspired and motivated to organize for change in your community, join us

Together we are poderosas