Civic Participation

We encourage all of our members, supporters and allies to help shape the community’s future through individual volunteerism, organizational involvement and electoral participation. Many of our partner organizations deal with immigrant legal — social services, health, education, and the environment. Thus, we encourage our students to contribute to the betterment of the community through service with the assistance of our partner organizations.

Students learn about how to clarify issues, detailing the implications and consequences of certain policies and to offer alternatives to current policy, or simply working to register voters and promote electoral participation at the local, state and national level.

Registration for the 2015 - 2016 Program is closed
It will re-open on April 15, 2016

Leadership Training

In 2013, we were able to partner with several organizations to find resources in creating a leadership curriculum for undocumented students. This curriculum built effective individual leaderships skills, master problem analysis and decision making, effective communication and public speaking skills, and recognizing the diversity of work ethics. This year we are able to launch this leadership training program through the help of the Pershing Square Foundation. These trainings reflect the foundations of our work:

Find Your Inner Strength and Grow Your Own LeaderEach individual has the power to grow as a leader and through this training, students are given the necessary tools to build on their strengths. In this stage, students will be more comfortable with their own leadership skills.

The Power within your voice: It is important that all students acknowledge the power of their presence and can vocalize their stories. Thus, we will lead professional storytelling and public speaking workshops where students learn how to effectively share their stories in the media as well as when testifying in front of government agencies.

Innovative Leadership: In today’s society, it is not only essential for one to grasp their leadership qualities but to be able to apply them in a refreshing new manner. Thus, growing as a leader in any given situation.

Mentoring and Coaching: The support for an individual can aid their short term and long term success. In this training, students will learn how to grow cohesively with other individuals to ensure that new students find their inner strengths, fully develop their talents, and promote this with others.


Registration for the 2015 - 2016 Program is closed
It will re-open on April 1, 2016

Legislative Training ( The Malave DREAMers Cohort) 

In 2013, CUNY DREAMers partnered with the Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy (MLA) at the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide undocumented students legislative training. Students learn extraordinary leadership skills that they can easily apply on their campuses and within their communities. This program develops political acumen and advocacy skills through advocacy training, public policy and leadership competency trainings. The Malave DREAMers Cohort has direct and transferable experiences in the political, legislative, and budgetary processes on the city, state and federal levels. Although this program is not designed specifically for undocumented students, the Malave DREAMers Cohort advocates for immigrant-friendly laws and actively participates in the political process in Albany and Washington D.C.

Registration for the 2015 - 2016 Program is closed

Youth Engagement Week ( High School Students) 

This program was specifically created for upper level high school students, where they can bridge closer relationships to higher education opportunities. Individuals will develop professional and leadership skills while gaining access to long lasting resources. 

Registration for the 2015 - 2016 Program is closed