Statistics are not on the side of undocumented students. If we want an example of a young population that needs help, this is one.
Only 54 percent of undocumented students have a high school diploma, compared to 82 percent of U.S.-born students. Moreover, just 5 to 10 percent of undocu-students continue on to higher education.
The reasons: These students frequently suffer from immigration-related family separation, the stress of poverty, and a lack of social services. Many see their immigration status, even when they are granted the Deferred Action process called DACA, as a hurdle to seeking higher educational benchmarks. But there is hope. In spite of great disadvantages, we know of many individuals who have shown tremendous resilience and determination to reach higher academic goals.
What can we do to facilitate these students’ success?
The United States Department of Education recently released a comprehensive resource called “Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Post-Secondary Settings.”
This document includes useful legal guidelines for K-12 principals and administrators; tips for educators, counselors and other personnel; models for success; financial aid fact sheets, and more.
Share this guide with your K-12 school, fellow parents and students.
It’s all about distributing good information and bringing hope.