By the end of the program, she participated in an end-of-the-year project where she and other Student DREAMer Alliance participants spoke to the Greenville County School Board about DACA and the challenges undocumented students face, especially with regard to affording and attending college. Arleth says this experience alone taught her a lot about the power of sharing her experience. “Just talking to people does help,” she explains, “because sharing your story leads others to understand your point of view. Then, hopefully, they can come to an understanding of how different an experience can be for other people.” As a result of Arleth’s SDA class project, the Greenville County School Board took action, engaging legislators for meaningful change regarding in-school secondary education for DACA and undocumented Hispanic students.
“A program like SDA is very important,” Arleth says, “because it helps students like me feel like they're a part of something, feel like they're being supported throughout their path.”
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