U.S.-Mexico Foundation

Dreamers Without Borders

DREAMERS WITHOUT BORDERS

Dreamers Without Borders is a binational education and service learning study abroad program designed and implemented by the USMF with the purpose of reconnecting Dreamers and USA citizens of Mexican origin who live in the United States, for the purpose of contributing to the Dreamers’ empowerment and professional development by promoting a sense of 
pride and identity in their cultural heritage while fostering a commitment amongst Dreamers to stay connected with Mexico and to promote greater 
understanding and cooperation between their country of origin and the United States. 


Elements of the program:

  • Attend educational sessions at prestigious Mexican universities 

  • Meet with business executives from Mexico’s private sector 

  • Meet with Mexican government officials
  • Interact with Mexican students
  • Meet with civic leaders
  • Visit cultural and historical landmarks
  • Spend some time with family members who they have not seen in years
  • 
Visit their state of origin hosted by their state’s government

 

 

Applicant eligibility and application requirements:

  • DACA recipients, Permanent Residents and US citizen of Mexican origin.
  • Submit and complete the online application (Currently, not available ) including a video and a letter of recommendation.
  • Be enrolled or recently graduated from University or College.
  • Between 21 and 30 years-old.
  • Had 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.
  • Had not participated in previous Delegations to Mexico sponsored or co-sponsored by the USMF or other organizations.
  • Write an essay about your experience in the program and participate in the program’s final research project.
  • Commitment to promoting social development in Mexican communities thought binational collaboration.

Dreamers Without Borders 2017

   

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. 

The participants of 2017 Summer Delegation 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 Leaders Network, the largest binational community of youth working together to promote US- Mexico Collaboration.

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 mentoring for Mexican college students and participated in a research project to be presented in 2017.

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

Dreamers visit the Senate
The group at the Castillo de Chapultepec

 

Participants in their home states

 

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. The emotional aspect is really there, it is really touching. This program has change my life.

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

 

Dreamers Without Borders 2015

 
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

 

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

For more information on future delegations please contact Claudia Vázquez at claudia.vazquez@usmexicofound.org

 

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