U.S.-Mexico Foundation

Dreamers Without Borders

 

DREAMERS WITHOUT BORDERS

The U.S.- Mexico Foundation’s Dreamers Without Borders (DWB) program is the most prestigious binational educational and service program specially designed for young DACA dreamers of Mexican origin and Mexican Americans. DWB provides with the opportunity to attain a greater understanding of the importance of the binational relationship, while strengths the participants‘ pride in their heritage. The program’s agenda is truly unique and has proven to be a life-changing experience.

 

 

 

Dreamers Without Borders 2017

The participant were hosted cost-free in Mexico by the USMF and its partners from August 4th to August 15th. Once accepted, participants become members of the USMF's Binational Young Leaders Network, the largest binational community of youth working together to promote US- Mexico Collaboration.

Applicant eligibility and application requirements:

  •  DACA recipients, Permanent Residents and US citizen of Mexican origin.
  • Submit and complete the online application (click below or go to http://bit.ly/DreamersWithoutBorders2017 ) including a video and a letter of recommendation.
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from University or College.
  • Between 21 and 30 years-old.
  • Left Mexico before the age of 11 years-old and have not returned since moving to the US. For born US Citizens have never visited Mexico.
  • Commitment to participate in all activities included in the Program’s agenda. Including participating in "Binational Young Leaders Network" by becoming an English mentor of a Mexican College student for a year.
  • Have not participated in previous Delegations to Mexico sponsored or co-sponsored by the USMF or other organizations.
  • Write an essay of your experience in the program and participate in the program’s final research project.
  • Commitment to promote social development in Mexican communities thought binational collaboration.

 

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Dreamers Without Borders 2016

Dreamers Without Borders’ 2016 agenda included a stay in Mexico City followed by a stay in the participant’s state of origin.  During their stay in Mexico, participants attended seminars and gatherings with renowned professors from the ITAM, CIDE and TEC among other universities, and met with government officials, business executives and civic leaders.  Similarly, participants met with Mexican students, representatives from Mexican NGOs and returned Dreamers.  In addition, participants visited government offices, including the Senate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and transnational corporations. 

As part of the program, students also provided English-language mentoreing for Mexican college students and participated in a research project to be presented in 2017.

L: Participants at Teotihuacán
R: Participants meeting executives from the Grupo Bimbo corporation

 

L: Dreamers visit the Senate
R: The group at the Castillo de Chapultepec

 

 

Participants in their home states
 

The 2016 delegation of Dreamers Without Borders, followed the two successful delegations implemented by the USMF in 2015 and was historic because it was the largest cohort ever to visit Mexico. 100 Dreamers were selected from among the more than 600 applications received. All 100 selected participants were either college students or recent college graduates from across the united states and universities such as University of Chicago, UCLA Berkley and several community colleges. The selected Dreamers arrived in Mexico City on Wednesday December 7th, 2016 and returned to the US on January 3rd, 2017.

 

Click here for press coverage of the trip

 

Dreamers Without Borders 2015

The Dreamers Without Borders program began in 2015 as a series of partnerships between the USMF and academic and governmental partners on both sides of the border to bring delegations of DACA recipients of Mexican origin to visit their home country, a place many of them had not visited since their childhood. The program serves to strengthen identity and a sense of belonging amongst the Dreamer population in the United States, deepen this group's understanding of their country of origin and to build new bridges of understanding and cooperation between the two countries by leveraging the potential of this young binational group on both sides of the border. 

Visiting Dreamers conducted coursework on Mexico's current social, political and economic landscape both before and during their visit, to develop a better understanding of the country's context. During the trip, participants further enhanced their knowledge of the country through visits, dialogues and seminars with business, government and civic leaders in Mexico. The groups also meet with returned Dreamers who now live in Mexico, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the similarities and differences of the challenges they face in both countries and to share their strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

2015 Testimonials:

“For me the best part was reconnecting with my grandpa who I had not seen since I moved back to the US, 15 years ago. That, and finding out I have a sister I never knew about that, and meeting her for the first time in my life. The emotional aspect is really there, it is really touching.

"I want to learn more about Mexico"

"I want to know what the youth is doing here in Mexico"

"I would like to work on how to change immigration policies and to meet young people who are in Mexico and who share this interest"

"The most important part of my visit was meeting returned Dreamers"

"I feel we can do a lot to help this country (Mexico)"

"We are from here, and from there, we are a bicultural product"

 
Dreamers from the July Delegation visit the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City

Visiting Dreamers from the July Delegation engage in a roundtable discussion with returned Dreamers 

July 2015 Delegation

  • 22 Dreamers from across the United States, including activists and community organizers
  • Visited Mexico from July 12th to July 19th, 2015
  • Attended Reception at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in the Regional Conference on Migration, visited Mexican corporations, met with university students, held a roundtable discussion with returned Dreamers, visited cultural and historic landmarks such as the Zocalo and the Basilica of Guadalupe
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Visiting Dreamers from March Delegation reconnect with family members in Mexico

 

The March Dreamer Delegation

March 2015 Delegation

  • 14 Dreamers from California State University-Long Beach's California-Mexico Studies Center
  • Visited Mexico from March 26th to April 5th, 2015
  • Attended the International Seminar on Returned Migrants and Children of Migrants born in the US, met with returned Dreamers, visited the Mexican Senate and met with Senators, took an immersive Spanish language course and visited cultural and historical landmarks in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Morelos
  • Read more.

Press Coverage of 2015 Delegations:

For more information on future delegations please contact Leticia Lopez at llopez@usmexicofound.org

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