We support DACA

Year Up strongly supports the continuation of DACA and the passage of immigration reform that will allow for safety, security, and access to employment opportunities for young adults who arrived to the United States as children (“Dreamers”). With DACA, more young adults have the safety and security to pursue employment opportunities and to contribute and add value to the United States workforce. We have seen young adults become active contributors and leaders in the workforce—young adults who would not have had real employment opportunities without DACA.

Read an official statement from our Founder & CEO, Gerald Chertavian.
Read an official statement from our Board of Directors.

How we support DACA and Dreamers

Year Up is working in support of DACA and Dreamers in two primary ways. The first is through our “Systems Change” work, in which we are activating our larger network of students, alumni, corporate partners, donors, community partners, and policy makers in support of DACA and sensible immigration reform that supports Dreamers. The second is through welcoming young adults with DACA status into Year Up, as outlined below.

While much remains uncertain at this time, Year Up is committed to supporting Dreamers in launching their careers. We will update this page as we learn more, and we are happy to speak with prospective students about their specific situations.

Applicants with DACA Status

Year Up welcomes DACA affiliated young adults into our program. Applicants must have valid works status of at least one year. Two years valid work status is ideal, ensuring young adults can receive the maximum benefits of our program by pursuing at least one year of post-graduation work experience. For additional FAQs, resources, and tips on knowing your rights, check out our DACA Student Resource Guide.

Have questions about your specific situation? Talk to our admissions team. We’re happy to advise on renewals and resources.

DACA Student Success Stories

Our graduates and students are our most powerful examples of the value young adults with DACA status can bring to companies, communities, and our economy. Read our Student Success Stories here.