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The Alba Project #EmergencyFunds

Organized by: Matt Johnston

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Did you know that there are approximately 1.1-1.4 million undocumented students in the U.S. In many instances, these individuals were brought to the United States by their parents, without a say in the decision. 49% of undocumented students will drop out of high school (as opposed to only 11% of native born students). That means only around 65,000 of the 1.4 million undocumented students who have lived in the United States for five or more years graduate from high school each year. Only 7,000 - 13,000 Undocumented students enrolled in college throughout the United States. That means only 5-10% of undocumented high school graduates continue their education into college.

The Alba Project is addressing an important and current problem in high schools around the country. Young immigrants are unable to obtain green card status, required for federal financial aid for higher education. Many of these students are high-achieving and valuable members of the community, who are often in legal purgatory. These students could be immeasurably helped by guardianship. The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) of the U.S. Immigration Code states that if a young person under the age of 21 has been “abused, abandoned, or neglected,” and they have a guardian, they are eligible to obtain a green card. 

The Alba Project is committed to creating extraordinary results in our communities and in the lives of these amazing young people by finding and matching “Sponsor Guardian Families” who coordinate with our pro-bono legal team to complete the green card documentation. We partner with a variety of organizations that provide access to these high-achieving students under the age of 21, who are also abused, abandoned or neglected illegal aliens. The Alba Project organizes community events for the purpose of educating communities and students and for finding interested, qualified Sponsor Guardian Families who are willing to advocate for these teenagers while they obtain a green card. This kind of success not only transforms the life of individual students, but often whole families, and eventually entire communities.

To date, the number of young women the Alba Project has been able to support has been limited due to lack of resources during the period when the legal and operational support systems were being developed. Currently Robin Newberger leads the Alba Project’s programming activities, together with several committed part-time volunteers. With your funding, Robin will be able to devote her time and energy to this on a full time basis, hire a part-time social worker, develop a training manual, and continue to establish best practices for outreach activities and for attracting, coaching, supporting and developing potential new guardians. Our goal is to place 50 teens with guardians in year one and expand to 100 teens in year two. We hope to be able to expand to other states by year three.



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