For Immediate Release: August 26, 2021
Contact: Michael Earls: [email protected]
TheDream.US Launches New “We are the American Dream” Campaign, Highlighting Graduates’ Career Profiles
New Career Profiles for TheDream.US Graduates Highlight Their Post-Grad Successes and Importance of Expanding Opportunities for DREAMers
Washington, DC – TheDream.US has launched a new “We are the American Dream” campaign, highlighting graduates’ career success stories. TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, is proud to see more than 2,100 of its graduates employed in a wide array of industries – such as healthcare, education, tech, business, policy, and social justice. Graduates’ career stories highlight examples of graduates’ careers and reflections on why their work matters and the unique perspectives they bring to their work. In the process, the stories offer a reminder of the importance of enacting federal legislation to expand opportunities for DREAMers and strengthen both their futures and those of their surrounding communities.
To access the full gallery of TheDream.US “We are the American Dream” graduate career stories, click here.
According to Candy Marshall, President of TheDream.US, “Our graduates’ stories and successes show why expanding access to higher education and stabilizing DREAMers’ futures is good for our country. Despite the many obstacles our TheDream.US graduates have faced, they have persevered and worked hard to achieve their education goals and pursue a meaningful career. The stories depicted in our new campaign remind us that workplaces, campuses, and communities across America are enriched by expanding opportunities for DREAMers.”
According to Oscar Hernandez, a TheDream.US graduate who worked as a Teach for America fifth-grade teacher in Arizona and is featured in the new campaign, “As one of 15,000 DACA teachers across the country and an immigrant growing up in an anti-immigrant state, I am accustomed to facing challenges and uncertainty. I have learned to thrive in these circumstances and to use my voice to advocate for permanent status for DACA holders” (see Oscar’s profile here).
According to TheDream.US graduate Areli Morales Romero, a New York City teacher and author of the recently published children’s book “Areli is a Dreamer,” “Now more than ever, immigrant communities find themselves afraid and unsure of what the future holds. Dreamer educators and children’s books about immigrants can help students and their families cope with the struggles that come along with being an immigrant, but also celebrate the triumphs and resilience” (see Areli’s profile here).
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 7,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending over 75 partner colleges in 19 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.