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‘Juntos 2 College’ non-profit helping undocumented families in southern Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A group called 'Juntos 2 College' is now helping undocumented families in Southern Colorado by providing them with DACA renewal assistance and educational opportunities.

The non-profit, which means "Together to College," started a little less than a year ago thanks to donations from family friends and business leaders across the state who believe in helping undocumented families in our community to help generations move forward.

This non-profit is hoping to help undocumented students and their families reach higher heights economically and in education.

Luis Antezana Alba is the founder of the non-profit and is also undocumented and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, also known as a "dreamer." 

"For me, for someone who was going through this system and achieving different levels of success that my family had never achieved, I was like, 'Why is this happening and can we do this and replicate this for undocumented communities?' And to me, the answer was absolutely," said Antezana.

Antezana served as a high school teacher for the Harrison High school and also served as a college advisor for a variety of years.

"I saw how difficult it was for our students and families to find hope, to find a way to find themselves so Juntos2College was born out of that to be able to help families survive and thrive," added Antezana.

For Adriana Alvarado, a culturally linguistically diverse teacher at Harrison High School, being able to talk about programs like this to her students is a plus.

"Majority of my students are migrants coming from many different countries at Harrison high school we have representation from over 20 different countries and 20 languages spoken and undocumented is often related to our latinx community but in reality these are students from all over the world," added Alvarado.

If you are daca recipient who needs help with an application grant for your daca renewal, applications are now available for the month of march, you can click here.

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