AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Support For Immigrant Families

We are in the midst of what has become a national debate over the fate of 800,000 individuals known as Dreamers. In fact, this situation is quite simple. Historically, our country does not punish children for decisions made by their parents. Particularly for AVID, we have a responsibility to educate ALL students. We sincerely say “ALL means ALL” and, like most schools across the country, we support creating a safe space for citizens and immigrants alike in our schools.


Here are links to some informational material about the current situation and how it concerns both students and professionals working in our communities. We want to offer our support to help them navigate the current published requirements for continuing their status. There are critical deadlines approaching.


We also encourage you to share your stories with us on the AVID Facebook page and through Twitter or Instagram with #AVIDDreamer, so you can tell your personal story and support Dreamers in a forum for voicing your point of view with others.


There are many ways to continue to support these Dreamers, including contacting your representatives in congress to ask that they act quickly and compassionately within the next 90 days and pass legislation that puts these individuals—colleagues and students—out of limbo. We will continue to post contact information and share resources from other like-minded organizations and we encourage you to do the same with your colleagues and communities.


“If our students have the individual determination to rise to the challenge, then so must we” – Mary Catherine Swanson, AVID Founder


Resources for Educators and School Staff

  • Read this memo from Education Counsel that outlines undocumented K-12 students' rights in public schools.

  • Read this memo from CALSA outlining some FACTS on DACA.

  • Read this 2015 Department of Education resource on how to help undocumented students.

  • You can use these lesson plans for all grades from Teaching Tolerance, including the Teach Immigration curriculum. Your voice is critical in persuading our representatives to protect DACA recipients’ rights. Use this link to write your Representative or Senator.

  • Be part of the conversation: On Twitter follow the hashtags #AVIDDreamer, #DACA, #Heretostay, and #DefendDACA.