Welcome to RISE-SF - Supporting Newcomer Students and Families
Our Schools Are Sanctuaries |
Nuestras Escuelas Son Santuarios
As a Sanctuary City, San Francisco believes all youth have the right to access public education and social services regardless of legal residency status. SFUSD upholds this city ordinance, and recognizes the complex circumstances and backgrounds of all newcomer students and families. In response to the 2013 humanitarian crisis of increased refugee minors from Mexico and Central America, SFUSD launched the program Caminos (now RISE-SF, Refugee and Immigrant Supports in Education) , with the mission of increasing access to education for Latino newcomer students and families through staff training, advocacy, community building, and the coordination of support services. Caminos - the Spanish word for “paths” or “journeys”- was chosen to honor the particular struggle of Latino newcomers, respect the role of culture as a foundation for success, acknowledge their recent migration and arrival, and recognize SFUSD’s role in their current path towards academic success.
DACA Program Community Advisory (Sept. 5, 2017)
To date, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth have been granted DACA status, which provides work authorization and temporary relief from deportation. The program has enabled our graduates to contribute to their communities by significantly increasing opportunities for higher education and jobs. Unfortunately, on Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over two and half years.