Juntos hacemos la Fuerza
- What is Fuerza?
- Fuerza is the youth leadership committee of Juntos. It was founded in the fall of 2011 by student leaders in South Philadelphia to address the issues of education, labor, and immigration from a youth perspective.
- The high Latinx drop-out rate in the city of Philadelphia and the barrier to college access for undocumented youth are issues that Fuerza tries to address. Many youth in our community have at one point or another felt discouraged by the education system. The burden of not knowing English in addition attending underfunded schools has caused many immigrant youth to experience depression and isolation when thinking about life after high school. Applying to college is a daunting prospect under most circumstances, but when you are undocumented it becomes even more challenging: most schools will view undocumented applicants as international students, meaning that 1) it is harder to get admitted and 2) even if they are admitted they will be charged full tuition. Many counselors do not know how to support undocumented students in this situation; they are not clear on what rights these youth have to a college education and how to help them navigate the application and financial process.
If you are a Latinx immigrant youth in Philadelphia and want to find out more you can come to our weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm @ 1537 s 6th St (corner of 6th St and Tasker Ave)
For more information contact: Olivia Vazquez (youth organizer), firstname.lastname@example.org