o Whom It May Concern:
As educators that work with local students, we have identified your organization/business as a possible partner who we would like to collaborate with us to bring awareness of educational opportunities to immigrant youth in our community.
According to the 2000 United States Census Bureau, approximately 2.5 million undocumented youth under the age of eighteen were living in the United States and approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year. These statistics prompted California to pass Assembly Bill 540, more commonly referred to as AB 540, which is a bill that allows immigrant youth the opportunity to attend a public California college regardless of their residency status at California resident costs. Although this bill was passed into law in 2001 and put into effect in 2002, many students, educators, community members and their families are still unaware of the opportunities and doors this law opens for undocumented youth.
In response to the lack of information available locally in Santa Barbara County a group of educators, community members, parents and students have come together to create social change. The creation of the AB 540 Coalition of Santa Barbara, assisted by a grant from the FUND for Santa Barbara, is organizing and promoting an AB 540 Awareness Campaign that includes literature, a website, and a series of workshops and trainings for the Santa Barbara County community.
We would like to invite you and the families that participate in your organization to:
AB540 College Night - Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00PM-8:00PM
La Cumbre Junior High (2255 Modoc Rd) Santa Barbara
The evening will include the following information:
What is AB 540? Who is eligible?
Financial Aid options
California Dream Act application hands on / overview
Please assist us in promoting this event by distributing the enclosed flyer to families that participate in your organization and displaying it in high traffic areas.