The Black Institute’s (TBI) Adopt A Dreamer Sponsorship Program is an innovative scholarship and employment placement program, which provides the opportunity for “Aged-Out” Caribbean youth to apply for President Obama’s special Deferred Action initiative.
Who are the Caribbean Dreamers?
Nearly twelve years ago, in 2001, the New York City Department of Education recruited over 1,000 Caribbean teachers to teach here in the New York City public school system, promising a path to citizenship to the teachers and their families. Today, most of these men and women still have not received their green cards. Worse yet, many of their children have ““Aged-Out”” of their legal immigration status as they are no longer dependents under their parents’ visas because the parents did not receive green cards by the time the youth reached age 21. Due to our inefficient and broken immigration system, these children have fallen to the way side – they are black, invisible, and completely absent from mainstream discussions of immigration, immigration reform, and The Dream Act.. Like their Hispanic colleagues, they too are stuck in limbo, unable to pursue their educational and professional dreams and unable to contribute financially to their families and to society.
TBI’s Adopt A Dreamer Sponsorship Program
On June 15, 2012 the US Department of Department of Homeland Security announced that individuals brought to the US as children, who do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and who meet the required criteria will be considered for Deferred Action, relief from removal/deportation. Individuals receiving Deferred Action will be given this status for two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible for employment authorization. Through our Adopt A Dreamer Program, Caribbean Dreamers will receive assistance with their application to the Deferred Action application process by receiving $500 scholarship, which will cover the programs application fee. In addition, those who qualify and receive work authorization will receive assistance in garnering a two-year paid position in their field of study and or vocation.
How does this sponsorship work?
TBI will solicit two types of sponsorships – financial and employment. Individual sponsors will be asked to contribute $500 towards their Dreamer’s Application Fees, while corporations and organizations will be asked to contribute both the $500 for their Dreamer’s application, sponsor their Dreamer’s work authorization, and also provide their youth with a two- year paid position within their company or organization.
How does sponsorship help these Dreamers?
Through our Adopt a Dreamer Sponsorship Program these Youth will receive:
- Application Fee Assistance
- Employment Sponsorship and Placement
- 2-year paid position
- On-job training and professional development
- Hands-on, practical work experience
What do Sponsors Receive in Return?
Every Dreamer Sponsor receives:
- Welcome Package
- Letter from TBI President and Founder to acquaint sponsor with their Dreamer
- Picture of Dreamer
- Informational DVD about TBIs two Caribbean Immigration Campaigns
- Personal letter from sponsored youth
- Periodical postcards from you youth with pictures and updates regarding their work experience and updates on their path to citizenship
- Quarterly newsletter with updates regarding TBI’s Black Immigration campaigns s and its Adopt a Dreamer Program.
Why sponsor a Caribbean Dreamer through TBI?
The mission of TBI is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue and impact public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora). The Black Institute translates the “think” in think-tank into “action” through a head, heart and feet strategy: the head being research, data gathering, polling and academic partnerships; the heart being civic education, training and development; and the feet being on the ground organizing and issue based campaigns. The Black Institute changes the discourse of public debate, trains and educates new leadership and develops initiatives to build wealth, build power and deliver justice to Black people and people of color.
The current immigration debate leaves out an entire population of documented black immigrants and there is no way that we can continue to discuss immigration reform without looking at all aspects of immigration. U.S. immigration policies affect all immigrants especially those who do not fit the image! To so many short-sighted individuals, immigration is only about brown, border jumping illegals and undocumented workers. But the issue of immigration is multifaceted and as such any discussion of immigration and/or immigration reform should include all immigrants. The Black Institute (TBI) has and will continue to be at the forefront of Comprehensive Immigration Reform to represent the Black immigrant perspective.
Please visit the link below to read our report about the The Caribbean Dreamers:
Read: Dream Deferred
TBI is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All charitable contributions and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.