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Immigrants confront extra challenges in enrollment

By by Sonia Giebel on Oct 3, 2013 09:23 AM

In January 2013, Aron and Mussie Tesfay had just arrived in Philadelphia from a refugee camp in Uganda. They needed to find a school. Neither they nor their parents had any idea what to do.

The 17-year-old twin brothers arrived in a city where the help available to settle them in school is scattershot, and where the cultural and linguistic barriers are hard to navigate. This is especially true for older students who need to find a high school.

Encontrar una escuela superior: Difícil para los inmigrantes

By por Sonia Giebel on Oct 3, 2013 09:30 AM

En enero de 2013, Aron y Mussie Tesfay acababan de llegar a Filadelfia de un campamento para refugiados en Uganda. Necesitaban encontrar una escuela, pero ni ellos ni sus papás sabían qué hacer.

Los gemelos de 17 años llegaron a una ciudad donde casi no hay ayuda disponible para encontrar dónde matricularse, y donde las barreras culturales y de idioma hacen el proceso aún más difícil. Esto es especialmente cierto para los estudiantes de más edad que necesitan conseguir una escuela superior.

JUNTOS ayuda estudiantes a conseguir estatus de Acción Diferida

By por Kofi Biney on Nov 21, 2012 12:43 PM

En junio, la administración Obama implantó el programa Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (conocido como DACA, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual les da a ciertos menores indocumentados la oportunidad de obtener protección contra la deportación y un permiso de dos años para trabajar en Estados Unidos.  Ahora, la organización JUNTOS (que respalda y alienta a los inmigrantes en Filadelfia) está ayudando a los estudiantes a obtener estatus de Deferred Action (acción diferida).

JUNTOS joins nationwide push to support immigrant students

By by Kofi Biney on Nov 21, 2012 11:29 AM

In June the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, giving certain undocumented youth a chance to receive deportation protection and a two-year U.S. work permit. Now, JUNTOS, a community organization that supports and encourages immigrants in Philadelphia, is helping students to obtain Deferred Action status.

In summer program, students learn about building community

By Courtney Sackey on Aug 9, 2012 02:40 PM

"AAU! How y'all feelin?" shouted student teacher Wei Chen.

"Fantastic! Terrific! Great! All Day Long!" his students respond.

Hope for program focused on new immigrant students

By the Notebook on Jul 19, 2012 11:40 AM

by Willie Colon

The School District announced plans in the spring to consolidate its Newcomer Learning Academies (NLAs) at one site at Benjamin Franklin High School. But there was still community skepticism about the basic premise of the program: Some wondered whether it was wise to segregate and potentially isolate newly arrived immigrant students.

College Board guide for undocumented students released

By Katie McCabe on Jun 18, 2012 02:13 PM

Undocumented immigrant students face a number of significant obstacles on the path to college. The College Board is seeking to make that process a little easier with its recently released resource guide for undocumented students planning for college.

The resource guide was released just weeks before President Obama issued an executive order that will enable undocumented youth to delay deportation and apply for work permits.

Para los jóvenes inmigrantes, el camino a la universidad raramente es fácil

By por Paul Jablow on May 16, 2012 01:05 PM

Sentado en una mesa de la cafetería en el Community College of Philadelphia, Cheick Kante no hace ningún esfuerzo por ocultar su frustración.

"A veces quisiera no haberme mudado acá nunca", dice Kante, un alto joven de 22 años que está estudiando una carrera en sistemas de información en el CCP. "Nunca pensé que sería así".

For immigrant youth, the path to college is rarely smooth

By by Paul Jablow on May 16, 2012 10:19 AM

Sitting at a table in the cafeteria at the Community College of Philadelphia, Cheick Kante makes no effort to hide his frustration.

"Sometimes I wish I'd never come here," says Kante, 22, a towering man who is studying computer information systems at CCP. "I never knew it would be like this."

A few hours later and a brisk walk away, Mohamed Kakay is a study in confidence as he chats in Starbucks at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a graduate student in global studies. "I've had to work twice as hard," says Kakay, also 22. "But the resources are there for immigrant students."

DREAM Act would ease the way

By by Paul Jablow on May 16, 2012 10:19 AM

For thousands of undocumented high school students in Pennsylvania, the DREAM Act is their dream.

There are actually two versions – federal and state – and each would make the path through college easier and more rewarding.

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