READY TO APPLY?
SDA is now accepting applications for Class VI during the 2022 - 2023 school year. Students are selected for their leadership potential, diversity of perspective, and commitment to advocating for themselves and others.
GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION
OF HISPANIC LEADERS
The Student Dreamers Alliance (SDA) empowers youth to open doors of opportunity for themselves and for generations to come. SDA provides students a space for self-discovery and the resources needed to unleash their potential, develop resilience, and build their own toolbox to position themselves for success and leadership.
Dreamers are an asset to our country, and if given the opportunity, they will build stronger, inclusive, and thriving communities. We believe nothing should stand in the way of a college education—not the lack of financial aid, and not a student’s immigration status.
LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DREAMer
Hispanic Alliance was one of 6 organizations around the world to receive the inaugural Prize Catalyst Find in 2018 which supports courageous leaders who are poised to scale their impact on critical global changes.
YEARS OF EMPOWERING YOUTH
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED BY 38 SDA ALUMNI
HOURS OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE AWARDED
"THE STUDENT DREAMERS ALLIANCE ALLOWS THE STUDENTS TO TALK ABOUT THEIR FEARS AND THEIR CHALLENGES, TO DISCOVER THAT VOICE OF HOPE WITHIN."
SDA is a 6-month seminar that focuses on
For many students, this process awakens them to glaring inequalities in access to public, post-secondary education for Hispanic youth, especially in South Carolina. Students who are US citizens discover that many of their peers, who have grown up in their neighborhoods and challenged themselves academically, are barred from the assistance they need to attend college. Through SDA, these student leaders are forming long-lasting friendships and building a community of mutual support, empowerment, and advocacy.
A JOURNEY OF GUIDED
The SDA program is a youth leadership accelerator designed to empower and magnify the voices of Dreamers, to increase awareness of education inequity and advocate for changes in state legislation to achieve equal access to public, post-secondary education for all youth.
This leadership accelerator includes six seminars during the school year with an opening and closing retreat, a Community Service Day at local non-profits, and the group responsibility for developing and executing a final capstone project. Throughout their year, students learn from established leaders and trained moderators, broadening their perspective on social issues and exploring their own roles in building a better society.
SDA is the first strategy towards achieving the broader goal of addressing a critical need for diverse leadership that is able to champion and accelerate access to opportunity for the growing Hispanic population in South Carolina.
In addition to high-quality programming and leadership development, students who participate in SDA join a larger network of alumni who are making an impact across the state. Hispanic Alliance has provided over $30,000 in scholarships to SDA students and also connects alumni with paid internships to help build a stronger and more equitable workforce.