U.S.-Mexico Foundation

The USMF announces “1,000 Dreamers - 1,000 Leaders” program

Washington DC, October 15th, 2015--The USMF announced today the “1,000 Dreamers-1,000 Leaders” program as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) 25th anniversary commitments to action during a reception at the White House held by President Barack Obama.

"1,000 Dreamers-1,000 Leaders" is the first and only program of its kind. It is a binational program created with the goal of empowering the Dreamer population in the US and Mexico by unlocking their full professional potential.

The "1,000 Dreamers-1,000 Leaders" program is designed to take place over a 5 year period, benefiting 200 Dreamers each year by providing them with personalized one-on-one mentoring, soft skills training and networking opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have been selected by the White House to announce the “1,000 Dreamers-1,000 Leaders” program today. We are grateful to President Obama and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for their recognition and support. This unique and impactful program will make a real difference in the lives of Dreamers by providing them with the tools to unlock their full potential and achieve their professional dreams," said Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO of the USMF.

The “1,000 Dreamers-1,000 Leaders” program is scheduled to launch during the 2016 Spring Semester with the participation of the first 200 Dreamers in New York, Phoenix, San Francisco/Bay Area, Houston, Miami and Los Angeles as well as in Mexico.

Alejandra Ceja and Rebeca Vargas during the event at the White House

Rebeca with Jaqueline Cortez of the WHIEEH

“It is an honor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the Initiative’s 25th anniversary with the release of nearly 150 commitments to action that will help strengthen the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Hispanic community from cradle-to-career. These commitments will bring critical resources to Latino students and families across this country, are examples of meaningful investments being made in support of the largest, youngest and arguably the fastest growing minority community in the country and will help fulfill America’s future," said Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the WHIEEH.

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Gabriel Cortes

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