The Youth Leadership Council Workshops

For immigrant students, access to information about educational opportunities is often very difficult to find. To address this problem, we have developed a series of workshops to educate students, teachers, and family members. Contact us to schedule a workshop. Our youth trainers can travel to your school, community, or organization to conduct the workshops. Our workshops are informative, interactive, and tailored for the needs of your group. Our trainings are also great for professional development.

Undocumented Youth and the College Process

A comprehensive workshop, or series of workshops, tailored for immigrant students, educators, and parents about the college process, scholarships, and more.

The New York Dream Act

An extensive presentation about the new New York Dream Act law, its impact, who qualifies, how to apply, and how to continue to advocate for undocumented students.

Undocumented Youth and Advocacy

An interactive workshop describing what the Dream Act, NY Dream Act, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is and how individuals, particularly students, can become more active in their community.

Leadership Development Trainings

We offer trainings to build the political analysis and practical skills of members of your organization. At the end of our trainings, attendees will learn to fight for change, create campaigns, and build community power! Below are descriptions of our day or multiple day trainings and their descriptions. Contact us if you would like us to host a training.

Get Active Training (4-5 hours)

Our Get Active Training is an introductory training to organizing in your community, college campus or high school. Some topics covered in our Get Active Training include: how to tell your story, how to conduct 1-1s and build alliances beyond your organization, how to conduct outreach and basic organizing tactics. Trainers will explain how to conduct grassroots lobbying and holding elected officials accountable.

Civic Engagement Training (5-6 hours)

Our Civic Engagement Training relies on the belief that immigrant youth and their families can become actively involved in the electoral process regardless of immigration status. Youth are trained about the history of immigration and citizenship, the political process, voter disenfranchisement, citizenship, media and basics to electoral organizing.

Request A Speaker

Thank you for your interest in having a member of NYSYLC speak at your school, event, or other institution. We believe that part of fighting for immigrant rights and creating an informed and engaged community is sharing our stories, experiences, knowledge, and skills. We speak from our own perspectives as undocumented youth and allies, from our work as political organizers, from our experiences as students, workers, and researchers, and our participation in legislative campaigns. We ask that your speaker requests be with enough time in advance and that an honorarium is offered. Once the form is filled out, someone will be in contact with you. As you fill out this form, we also ask that you keep in mind that:

  • We get a lot of requests, especially when there are national campaigns involving undocumented youth. Please be patient and open to options. Know for example that we might share this request with our Dream Teams leaders and it can take time to find the perfect fit.

  • We do this because we believe in sharing our work, and we’re a volunteer led organization. In addition, for those of us who are undocumented, it is harder to get jobs and scholarships for school. Please provide an honorarium, transportation, and/or food. Donate to our organization.

  • We are more than story tellers. We are whole people who have political opinions and can contribute many different experiences. Please ask if we are interested in sharing these as well.

  • Every time we share our stories we are taking risks as undocumented people. Talking about a part of our lives can be a source of anger and fear. Please be appreciative of our time and the sharing of our stories.

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