A big thanks to the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) for selecting 21 Progress for its 2014 community project: developing an outreach strategy to reach the 3,000 – 4,000 undocumented Asian Pacific Islanders eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.
Since the DACA program began in mid-2012, the percentage of Asian American and Pacific Islanders taking advantage of this program is less than 20%, while for Mexicans, it is over 70%. DACA provides undocumented youth and young adults with a social security number and an opportunity for legitimate jobs and a college education. And, perhaps most importantly, they can come out of the shadows and not fear deportation.
This project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP), a six-month leadership program that offers training and mentorship to individuals with an interest and passion in social justice and leadership roles in their community. The CLP participants complete a group project that benefits and contributes to a healthy and vibrant API community
This year’s project focused on:
• Identifying barriers and resources within the Asian Pacific Islander
• Developing a strategic outreach and marketing plan to connect with
• Building and maintaining lasting partnerships.
DACA Coordinator, Jesica Gonzalez responded to the CLP project presentation, “I’m speechless,” as all staff concurred that the CLP project had more depth and dimensions than we could have imagined. ACLF Class of 2014 Rocks!