Note About our Resource Guide
This resource guide was created in response to a gap in the awareness and the availability of resources for immigrant/undocumented high school students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Immigrant students in CPS high schools and the professionals working with these students often lack a cohesive list of resources that students and staff can utilize in navigating post-secondary pathways, mental health services, government officialls information, legal assitance, and tax services. This resource guide was created as a holictic approach to aid CPS immigrant high school students with resources across multiple domains including: post-secondary, mental health, government officials, legal services, and tax services and other revelant information. The resources included are those applicable or specifically tailored toward immigrant communities. The collaborative network that put together this guide seeks to build the capacity of students, counselors, and community members and organizations that work with immigrant students. We hope you can also find these resources to be instrumental and encourage you to share it with others.
A few notes about this document:
- It is organized by several CPS departments including the Office of College and Career Success, Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA), Office of Language and Culture Education (OLCE), Office of Equity.
- In partnership with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), Coalition of Advocates for Undocumented Students’ Education (CAUSE), Network for Undocumented Scholarship Access (NUSA), Coalition of Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH), Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Chicago Law and Education Foundation (CLEF), Mayor’s Office of New Americans (ONA), General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago, Soto Accounting, City Colleges of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University and many others.
- This is a living document and we will continue to add to and update it throughout the academic year to maintain information on resources relevant. If you have additional resources you think should be included in the directory, please email the items to Undocumented Champion Program Manager, Susana Mares at [email protected]
A special thank you to everyone who contributed to the creation of this resource guide. We truly appreciate all of the hard work, time and dedication. Muchas Gracias.
Chicago Public Schools