Essay on Overview of The California Dream Network

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Now in its 10th year of existence, the California Dream Network (CDN) has been at the forefront of immigrant youth organizing and civic engagement in Cali- fornia. A program of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), the CDN began in 2003 as an effort to reconnect and continue organizing the alumni from CHIRLA’s high school program for immigrant youth, Wise Up!, as they entered college and founded immigrant student support and advocacy groups.1 The CDN’s purpose is to address the needs of undocumented immigrant students, and to engage them in campaigns to promote social change around immigration reform and access to higher education. The CDN began as a network of 11 university- and college-based organizations …show more content…
Most campus clubs were independently established specifically for immigrant students, though some groups formed within existing Latino/Chicano student organizations. Skyrocketing in number over the last decade, these campus organizations function as a primary vehicle to mobilize immigrant students and their allies around immigrant rights issues. The CDN has developed an organizational structure that enables statewide coordination of activities as well as local leadership development. This structure contains various components that aim to address the needs and interests of immigrant students, while at the same time advancing campaign and advocacy efforts. campus-based organizations serve as a network of support and information for immigrant students, graduates, and other immigrant young adults who live near the college campus. Campus organizations work with campus administrators and staff to advocate for the needs of immigrant students. They also educate members and allies about immigrant rights efforts affecting students and their families. Campus organizations are the main vehicle for recruiting youth to the CDN. Campus organizations are grouped into five regions: Northern, Central, Coastal, Los Angeles, and Southern. These regional networks serve as venues to further educate members about immigrant rights issues and facilitate campaign coordination at the

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