For low-income, young immigrants without a support network, the American Dream remains just a dream. Liberty’s Promise helps them achieve their potential and become active, engaged citizens. Each year, 800 participants take a 10-week civics course to enrich their understanding of American democracy and gain first-hand experience: meeting local leaders (many are immigrants themselves), visiting government and municipal offices, and volunteering in the community. A Spanish language version of the program for English language learners builds skills that will help them succeed. Navigating the path to college and careers is central to the curriculum and some 100 youth also secure 8-week professional internships where they learn about the American workplace. Liberty's Promise has helped thousands of youth from over a hundred countries learn about and feel at home in the US. An investment here builds a stronger America for everyone.
For many students who have shifted to digital learning, a huge challenge is the loss of physical community and peer engagement – especially challenging for young immigrants. To maintain these important connections, the team has launched both one-on-one and group meetings over Zoom. While the hope is to return to in-person, after-school programming, virtual support will continue until that becomes possible.