New Free Summer Program for Immigrant Students to Start in Danbury

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New Free Summer Program for Immigrant Students to Start in Danbury

By Carolina Bortolleto

The school year is almost over and summer is about to begin. This is the time when students start thinking about their summer plans. Summer vacation is a great time for students to have fun and enjoy themselves, but it is also a time for students to have new experiences, learn new skills and meet new people.

That’s why this summer, CT Students for a Dream is launching their first Summer Program – called “Youth Organizing in Action.” CT Students for a Dream is a youth-led statewide network fighting for the rights of undocumented youth and their families. Their goal is to empower immigrant and undocumented youth and families to know their rights and make a difference in their community.

This summer program is meant to be a place where immigrant youth and youth of immigrant families can learn new skills, meet new people and act to improve themselves and their community. This free program will run for six weeks, beginning the first week of July until mid-August. It will meet twice a week for 2 hours, for a total of four hours a week. Meals and transportation are provided. There will be two locations for the program – Danbury and Norwalk – and students should register for the program in the city they live in. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a community leadership certificate.

This summer program is designed for youth to come together to speak openly about their community, their school and their city. It’s an opportunity for students to join a discussion on what changes they want to help create better schools and better communities. Students will learn leadership and organizing skills, engage in activities and discussion and take part in field trips. Students will not only learn leadership skills that will serve them well in life and as they seek to move on to college, but they will also have fun.

Why is this program important today? As an immigrant community, we have all experienced injustices in our schools and our communities. We still see these injustices every day. But many youth think they don’t have the power to speak up or to make a difference. This summer program aims to show students that they do have a voice and that they do have the power to improve their communities. The goal of this summer program is to empower and teach students how to create a better future for our communities.

How can students sign up for this program? The program is now enrolling students and youth from Danbury and Norwalk/Stamford. But spaces are limited to 15 students per location.

Students and parents can register or find out more information by visiting the website or contacting


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June 23, 2017

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