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October 2013 | Grants Results

Out of the Shadows

Within months of President Obama’s June 2012 announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Trust quickly got funding out to community, immigrant, and legal service groups to help young people apply.

The first foundation in the City to make such grants, The Trust has given more than $1,000,000 to groups helping immigrants apply, including a grant to DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving, which works with South Asians in New York. The Trust also helped distribute funding from other foundations to assist undocumented children across the country.

Activist and organizer Rishi Singh, 28, speaks at the U.N.
Rishi Singh, 28, was brought to Queens from Trinidad and Tobago when he was 10. Here’s his story:

I was valedictorian of Thomas Edison High School in Queens. Because I didn’t have a Social Security number, I couldn’t apply for most scholarships. I took odd jobs to pay for a bachelor’s degree at Hunter College, but I was frustrated not being able to really plan since most jobs require legal status.

While organizing as a leader at DRUM, I heard about the DACA program, which allows young people to get financial aid and work without fear of deportation. DRUM helped me apply, and I was approved.

My dad passed away three years ago, and I help support my family. I now have a great job as the New York City outreach coordinator for “People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights,” a U.N. civil society conference.

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