Meet Erie's DREAMers

July 29, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Erie’s Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) program partners with youth to create an environment where they are challenged and respected, have opportunities for intellectual, physical, and emotional growth, and their leadership potential is developed. A large aspect of this program is setting goals for the future by expecting the best from youth in academic achievement and community involvement.

Many of Erie's youth, due to excruciating circumstance, would not be able to utilize the entire YOU program without the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan rolled out by the Obama Administration. Thanks to this program, youth like 16-year old Joanna Hernandez, are now able to participate in YOU Apprenticeships

These are the faces of a handful of DREAMS.

Adilene Zarate, 20 years old

Ivonne Aguilera, 21 years old

Joanna Hernandez, 16 years old

Jorge Martinez, 16 years old


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