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Palmetto Career Panel

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On January 12 UnidosNow hosted a Career Panel at Palmetto High where students were inspired to dream big and learn about how to overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.

Thank you for Dr. Fitch (radiation oncologist), Ms. Guillermina Vega (accountant), Ms. Rachel Maquinas (Nurse Practitioner), and Mr. Hector Tejeda (Pharmaceutical executive and previous Executive Director of UnidosNow) for sharing your struggles, dreams, and words of advice and wisdom.

The students were extremely touched. The session ended with table discussion on ranking the importance of job satisfaction verses pay and other issues low incomes students may face in making career choices.

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#GivingTuesday College Wish List

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Tax-deductible student sponsorship available!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of this international giving day and our College Prep Sponsorship! We have a day to give thanks, two for getting deals, and now it’s time for the #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Today, December 1st, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

During the #GivingTuesday you can help us create a college prep library in our schools. This is what we need:

  • 50 ACT Prep books
  • 25 Fiske Guide books
  • 2 laptops
  • 25 tablets
  • A large television screen notebooks
  • And binders

It costs $1,200 per student. Sponsor a scholar today! Or sponsor our College Tour for $600.

You can email Catalina at catalina@unidosnow.org if you are interested in this tax deductible opportunity to help more students, and to learn more.

All this is tax deductible! Get a write off today!

Luis Eduardo Barón, First Board Member Emeritus

Foto LEBTogether with his family and coworkers, Luis Eduardo Barón has built the solid foundations of a Spanish-language media empire in less than fifteen years in Southwest Florida.

TVNet Media Group publishes the monthly magazine La Guía del Golfo (Sarasota, Manatee, Lee and Collier), La Guía de Tampa (Hillsborough and Pinellas), and La Guía de Orlando, and the first weekly Spanish newspaper for Sarasota-Manatee, 7DÍAS. With franchises in Miami-Ft.Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Toronto and Bogotá (Colombia), their circulation has reached over a 100,000 monthly copies.

Now, Luis Eduardo Barón becomes our first Board Member Emeritus. A Board Member Emeritus is nominated and elected by the Board of Directors. Board Members Emeritus shall be selected from those board members who have served on the Board of Directors with distinction and excellence.

Emeritus members shall serve three year renewable terms for as long as they remain active in the work of UnidosNow, and may end their term at any time. Emeritus member candidates will have served the board with distinction and considered deserving of same for outstanding service.

3 mitos acerca de la inmigración

La abogada de inmigración Jessica Dominguez publica en el HuffPost Voces 3 mitos acerca de la inmigración sobre los que usted puede querer saber. A continuación, una reproducción literaria de su artículo en este enlace:

“Bienvenidos a su columna “Hablando de Inmigración,” donde hablo sobre temas que afectan a nuestra comunidad.

A través de esta columna quiero hablar con ustedes sobre 3 mitos que existen en nuestra comunidad sobre las leyes de inmigración para que así puedan evitar ser víctimas del fraude migratorio.

Los mitos son los siguientes:

Mito #1: Es automático recibir la residencia al casarse con un ciudadano de EE.UU.

Realidad: No es cierto. Esto depende de donde vive una persona. Personas que viven fuera de los Estados Unidos tendrán que comprobar que el matrimonio al cónyuge ciudadano se llevo a cabo en buena fe. Personas que nunca han ingresado a Estados Unidos tendrán que comprobar este requisito para poder ingresar con la residencia. Personas que han vivido en los Estados Unidos por más de 1 año sin un estatus migratorio legal quienes no ingresaron con una visa y no tienen la protección de la 245(i), no van a poder ajustar su estatus aquí dentro de los Estados Unidos y recibir la residencia a menos que soliciten el perdón para los castigos de los 3 y 10 años.

Mito #2: Se puede agilizar una fecha de prioridad

Realidad: Esto no es lo que dice la ley de inmigración. Si el boletín de visas se está demorando, no existe una manera de agilizar una petición para personas que han estado esperando que su fecha de prioridad esté vigente por más de 10 años. Es importante tener mucho cuidado en contratar a una persona quien diga que puede agilizar una fecha de prioridad por el sólo hecho de que conoce a alguien quien trabaja para inmigración.

Mito #3: Se puede recibir la residencia por vivir en los Estados Unidos por más de 10 años

Realidad: No es verdad. La ley de inmigración dice que una persona quien ya está encarando una orden de deportación con un juez de inmigración tiene que comprobar mucho más que los 10 años antes de poder calificar para la cancelación de expulsión que es de último recurso.”

Qué debe saber sobre los impuestos para calificar a DAPA

Chequee este video de la abogada Jessica Dominguez, en Univisión Noticias, que le guiará para saber sobre el pago de impuestos para calificar a DAPA, la Acción Diferida para la Responsabilidad Paterna.

Visite este enlace en nuestra página para saber más sobre DAPA y la Acción Diferida para Llegadas en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés) y no dude en contactar a Jessica en jessica@unidosnow.org o en el 941-256-0625 si tiene cualquier duda.

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More College Fees for Undocumented Students Scholarships

Julia Glum writes in the International Business Times about a referendum at Loyola University Chicago in which students approved the increase of their semester fees to create a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants. Following, the article verbatim, which can be found in this link as well:

<<Loyola University Chicago students want to help their undocumented peers — and they’re willing to pay for it. Some 70 percent of student voters approved a recent referendum that would increase their semester fees by $2.50 and put the money in a scholarship fund for undocumented students who cannot receive state or federal financial aid. “It says, ‘Here at Loyola we accept the best and the brightest no matter what their documentation is,’” former student body president Flavio Bravo told the Loyola Phoenix. Bravo said he’s planning to formally propose the Magis scholarship plan to the school’s board of trustees in June.

The increased fees — $5 per student per year, for a total of more than $50,000 — would support the Magis Scholars Fund, named after the Latin word for “more.” The student government and Latin American Student Organization would oversee and award the money. Applicants would need to be full-time undergraduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and leadership potential, according to the initiative’s Facebook page. “It’s a way for us to say we know the university can be doing ‘the more’ for those students,” Bravo told Campus Reform.

As of fall 2014, Loyola had about 16,000 students. The private Jesuit university designated about 190 of them as “nonresident aliens” in 2012, according to the most recent demographic breakdown. Undocumented students qualify for in-state tuition in Illinois but can’t apply for most financial aid programs.

About 27 percent of the student body turned out to vote on the referendum, which has no legal power but does serve as an indication of students’ opinion on the issue. Bravo, who initiated the referendum, said he hopes the trustees will vote on it in December. “What comes next is the fight,” current student government president Michael Fasullo told the Loyola Phoenix. “What we have to do is ensure that this is implemented.”>>

Solo el 40% de los niños latinos van a pre-escolar

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El Departamento de Educación dio a conocer un nuevo informe con las necesidades insatisfechas de los programas de educación temprana de alta calidad en los Estados Unidos.

En todo el país, el 59 por ciento de los niños de 4 años -o seis de cada 10 niños- no están inscritos en programas preescolares financiados con fondos públicos a través del programa preescolar estatal, Head Start, y los servicios de educación especial preescolar. Menos niños aún están inscritos en los programas de la más alta calidad.

Para los niños latinos, la necesidad insatisfecha es especialmente grande. Mientras que los latinos son el grupo de más rápido crecimiento y la mayor minoría de los Estados Unidos, lo que representa una cuarta parte de niños de entre 3 y 4 años de edad, los latinos tienen las tasas de participación en edad preescolar más bajas de cualquier grupo étnico o raza. La tasa de participación de los latinos es del 40 por ciento, comparado con el 50 por ciento de los niños afroamericanos y el 53 por ciento de los niños blancos. Además, los niños de familias de bajos ingresos tienen menos probabilidades de estar matriculados en preescolar que sus pares más ricos -el 41 por ciento frente al 61 por ciento-.

Leer más en el informe, Una cuestión de equidad: Preescolar en América.

Only 40% of Hispanic Children Go to Pre-school

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new report outlining the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in America.

Across the nation, 59 percent of 4-year olds – or six out of every 10 children – are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs through state preschool, Head Start, and special education preschool services. Even fewer are enrolled in the highest-quality programs.

For Latino children, the unmet need is especially great. While Latinos are the fastest growing and largest minority group in the United States, making up a quarter of 3- and 4-year-olds, Latinos demonstrate the lowest preschool participation rates of any major ethnicity or race. The participation rate for Latinos is 40 percent, compared to 50 percent for African-American children, and 53 percent for white children. In addition, children from low-income families are less likely to be enrolled in preschool than their more affluent peers – 41 percent compared to 61 percent.

Read more in the report, A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America.

Tuition Equity for DREAMers

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The Florida Immigrant Coaliton and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a few months ago a basic fact sheet to guide DREAMers in their understanding of House Bill (HB) 851 on Tuition Equity for DREAMers. This bill allows all Florida high school graduates regardless of status to pay in-state tuition rates at all Florida Public Universities and Colleges.

 

Last June, five DREAMers had the opportunity to meet with Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. They expressed their gratitude to the Governor for signing the bill and also took the opportunity to remind him there is so much more at stake and there is much more our immigrant communities in Florida need. They had a conversation on driver’s licenses and its importance not only for the immigrant youth in this state, but also for their parents and our communities overall.

 

Please find below the fact sheets on HB 851 to help you understand the process:

Please, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

UnidosNow Continues to Expand

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When UnidosNow was founded in 2010, the leadership team created a compelling vision for change to support Latino integration into the fabric of our community, understanding fully that this would be a multi-generational process. They recognized that integration had multiple interdependent dimensions, but that education attainment was the foundation to success.

Over the past few years, UnidosNow has successfully launched its Future Leaders Academy for low-income Latino students, and has conducted numerous workshops for students and parents to improve college and career readiness. None of this could have been accomplished without the support of our many volunteers, partners and donors, to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude. Because of you, our little two-person organization, has been able to make a meaningful difference in the community.

While we are proud of our accomplishments in education, and realize that there is still much to be done, UnidosNow has never lost sight of its vision to support the broader integration requirements of the Latino community. We are now in a position to expand our organization, and we are excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Jessica Perez-Maqueda.

Jessica will be responsible for delivering much needed services to Latinos qualifying for DAPA/DACA programs, while also strengthening our referral network to support the wide-ranging needs of the Latino population. She comes to UnidosNow with a demonstrated passion for our cause, and the experience and skills required to be successful in her new role.

We look forward to your continued support as UnidosNow enters into the next leg of its journey.

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