According to PEW Research Center, Millennials -also the most racially diverse demographic population- make up 44% of Latino eligible voters and are the main driver of growth in the Latino electorate. From 2012 to 2016, 3.2 million young U.S.-born Latinos came of age and turned 18, accounting for 80% of the increase in Latino eligible voters during this time.

Navigate is led by Latino Millennials and are part of the pool of what is considered the New American Coalition made up by young people that deeply care about immigration, college affordability, job creation, the environment, economic  and racial justice.

#YoDecido is Navigate’s way to politicize our realities. We are deciding to shift the narrative and recognize the everyday power building that organically happens all around the Latinx community in Minnesota. From art to organizing, our vibrant Minnesotanos keep making history, influencing nationally and proving the “sleeping giant” is wide awake. #YoDecido is all about Latinx centered power, authority and self-determination but always with community.

As we know this election is important, and the lies being spread about our gente have activated us exponentially. And we will prove it on November 8th.

Because when our community is under threat – WE FIGHT BACK!


APPLICATION OPEN: Mn Dream Act 2017-18


The 2017-2018 MN Dream Act application used by undocumented students to apply for state financial aid is now available to students.

Students can access the 2017-2018 application from this page: www.bit.ly/MnDream

Like the FAFSA, the 2017-2018 MN Dream Act application will also be asking for income information from two years prior (tax year 2015). When a student submits a 2017-2018 MN Dream Act application, they will receive an automated email letting them know which documents to send in to our office. That email will let them know they do not need to resubmit copies of 2015 federal tax forms if they already submitted those for their 2016-2017 MN Dream Act application.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education hopes to provide early State Grant award estimates to 2017-2018 applicants in the late fall or early winter based on the official estimated State Grant parameters that will be released by OHE. After they know the final 2017-2018 State Grant award parameters and tuition and fees in June 2017, they will send out official/final State Grant award notices to applicants.

All inquiries regarding the MN Dream Act can go to: Meghan.Flores[at]state.mn.us.

Rally Against Hate at UofM Campus #LOVEtrumpsHATE


Facebook event details here

An anti-immigrant mural at the University of Minnesota went up today on the Twin Cities campus Washington Bridge. It reads: Build the Wall. It echos the anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant racist rhetoric that has instigated violence across the nation.

We have all heard the politics of fear during this campaign that has also created violence against Muslim folks, POC, and gbltq. Stand up together and let’s all share the message that this is our community and we stand together against hate!!! 4pm *this is a non violent demonstration in collaboration with La Raza student center

Hateful mural is located toward the West Bank side of the Washington Ave. bridge, where we will meet. Open mic will be available for people who want to talk about access to education, love and acceptance.

Check hateful mural here.


Join NAVIGATE MN for a great fun night bringing hundreds of people together to celebrate our work and recognize outstanding Latinos who will receive a Minnesotanxs 
SPONSOR this great event
email team@navigatemn.org
We have an amazing keynote speaker Rosa Clemente. A native of the South Bronx, Rosa is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois department of UMASS-Amherst. Throughout her scholarly career, Rosa has been a constant on the ground presence through the many political struggles facing Black and Latinx people in the 21st century.
WHERE: Metropolitan State University
WHEN: September 22nd, 2016 6:00pm
What: Gala, Keynote and Awards

suggested contribution of $15


This is the opportunity to highlight individuals, groups and orgs doing the work that advances our community. Nominate people, we want to elevate them in a platform honoring their vision and love for our community.




New Report on the Economic Impact of DACA and DAPA Released

A new report produced by Dr. Katherine Fennelly at the University of Minnesota examining the economic impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) is now available.

Sponsoring organizations of the report include the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), LatinoLead, the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Minneapolis Foundation.

The full report is available here.

On the 4th anniversary of DACA.

DREAMers and allies will be celebrating the fourth year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action, a program that in a few short years has dramatically reframed the immigration debate and the presidential election in 2016.

The 2014 presidential announcement to expand DACA and the creation of DAPA filled our community with hopes for a path out of the shadows and into prosperity without fear for our familias. As we know the 2012 DACA opened up career paths, educational opportunities, and a path for social mobility for more than 664,000 people across the nation. In Minnesota, the numbers are above 5000 with more youth becoming eligible as they reach their 15th birthday.

While the success of the program is undeniable, it would be lying to you to say that with a High School Diploma and a DACA approval we/you are all set. And in the land of the most serious racial disparities, that is far from the truth. It is also necessary to bring investment to equitable funding and accessibility to title IX for undocumented students as well as eligibility to medical insurance.  For mixed status families, the complexities also get real as we know more than half of our undocumented comunidad will remain in limbo, deportable and going more into the shadows as we’ve seen the deportation machine will not stop anytime soon. Additionally, systemic racism in the form of the education disparities, wage gaps, and lack of opportunity for social mobility calls for all of us to roll up our sleeves and bring solutions to the table, on our terms. We are determined to keep building a powerful intersectional base to win the permanent changes our community deserves. So as we wait to hear the ruling from the Supreme Court, we in Navigate have done deep soul searching and have laid out a plan based on our relationship and trust we have from our comunidad.

As we continue to grieve our hermanxs in Florida and hold space for healing, we cannot turn our eye to the awaken xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia and the reactionary demonstrations of terror and violence embedded in white supremacy. Fellow organizer Marisa Franco reminds us “There are many around us, amongst us who are deeply uncomfortable with some of us getting a little more out of this life. With some of us getting to be a little more whole, a little more ourselves, a little, more, free. And the reactions come in blood, they come in sinister laws, they come in hurtful words. None of us is safe, therefore none us can afford silence. And above all, we must never be fooled into thinking they are simply coming for the other”.

Additionally, the (un)intentional silencing of our Latinx community from the Minnesota non- profit mainstream and politicians remind us once again that we have been taken for granted way too long. We need to be heard, y para eso hay veces que uno tiene que gritar.

This is why are determined to keep building our powerful, resourceful, justice oriented and intersectional critical base that will continue to give meaning to the demographic change and that will remain faithful to our comunidad, that will speak verdades del corazon, that will advance with community with fierce love, sabiendo que lo que ganamos, y lo que somos lo defendemos con uñas y dientes.

En la lucha

Emilia González Avalos


Recordando/Remembering Orlando

Our thoughts and prayers are with our Muslim, Latinx & Queer friends in Orlando and elsewhere. We must do everything in our power to prevent these atrocities from taking place again and we must create spaces of welcome and love, spaces of safety and caring.

Please join us for the following events:

June 14, 2016 – Saloon Latino Night13435474_10206169186860068_1680719153435742445_n

As many know, it was Latino night at Pulse. The majority of those k illed were Boricuas, Latinxs, Queer men and women of color.

Como muchos saben, era de noche latina en la barra Pulse. La mayoría de los que murieron eran Boricuas , Latinxs , hombres y mujeres de color parte de la comunidad LGBT+.

Evento en Facebook event page.


June 17, 2016 – Orlando: Celebrating Queer People of Color

We will celebrate in community the Celebrationlives of all those who perished in the Orlando shooting. Lets be among friends, our music and remember those who died.

Vamos a celebrar en la comunidad la vida de todos aquellos que murieron en el tiroteo de Orlando. Vamos a estar entre amigos, nuestra música y recordar a los que murieron.

June 23, 2016 – Vigil/Vigilia for OrlandoVigil June 23, 2017

Join us for a vigil to remember those who perished during the Orlando shooting. Bring a candle.

Acompáñenos en una vigilia para recordar a aquellos que murieron durante el tiroteo de Orlando. Trae una vela .


June 26, 2016 – Pride Parade/Desfile de OrgulloLatinx Pride 2016

Walk with us. We need our queer community of color to come and join us and hold the names of those who perished during the Orlando shooting. We will have t-shirts (sign up here). Though please wear a white t-shirt in case we do not have enough. We are meeting T 10am around 3rd ave and 3rd street downtown Minneapolis. More here.

Camina con nosotros . Necesitamos nuestra comunidad LGBT+ de color a venir y unirse a nosotros y ser parte del desfile. Tendremos los nombres de aquellos que murieron durante el rodaje de Orlando. Ayudanos a llevar uno de los nombres. Tendremos camisetas. Aunque favor use una camiseta blanca en caso de que no tenemos suficiente. Estamos reunidos en torno tercera avenida y 3ª calle del centro de Minneapolis.

Facebook page/Pgina de facebook aqui.





NAVIGATE MN -Job Announcement
Program Coordinator.
Who we are:
NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status.
NAVIGATE-MN is currently seeking a dedicated part time Program Coordinator for our education component, someone who is passionate about immigration justice and education equity!

Job Description
Education Program Coordinator
The Navigate program coordinator – education component- provides cultural competent, relevant and critical information on navigating K-12, college access and success to the Latino diaspora and professionals who serve this multicultural and multiracial community centering low-income, first generation, mixed status/undocumented/DACA students and their families.
Ideal program coordinator is a bilingual (Spanish/English) individual who has a deep understanding in racial disparities/structural racism, racial, education, and immigration justice, asset based community building strategies, and popular education models.

General Responsibilities
• Collaborates with Director to establish and maintain program goals, conduct program assessment, curriculum and presentation reviews and identify development and capacity building activities. Develops and implements ongoing improvement strategies to support program development and standards.
• Serve as a spokesperson for the organization. Remain informed on policy issues and current events impacting our work, as well as effective messaging on these issues
• Uses independent judgement to prioritize project to ensure efficiency, program success and community experience
• Provide presentations and workshops to schools, colleges and other stakeholders
• Maintain and develop relationships with diverse education programs, schools, colleges, universities and organizations that offer career development and social mobility opportunities
• Developing program to support student and families to create strategies for their education path.
• Support students in financial aid and college application process in community forums, small sessions and 1-1 settings
• Collaborating and connecting with partner organizations and education institutions in order to bridge students and families to their resources
Perform other duties as required and assigned
Essential job Functions:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Possess strong organizational skills and pay attention to detail.
• Ability to work with a diverse student, faculty and community is essential.
• Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions including, but not limited to, regular sitting and being mobile; continual communicating both in person and on the telephone; regular keyboarding; regular reading of both print and digital material; and all other activities required to perform essential functions.
• Individual must possess valid MN DL and reliable transportation
Other Requirements:
• Commitment to racial and immigration justice and ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of all ages and diverse background.
• Proven ability to work effectively as a team player; highly motivated, focused and results oriented.
• Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks according to required deadlines, and maintain composure under high stress conditions.
• May be required to work occasional evening/weekend hours.

The Navigate Program Coordinator must support NAVIGATE’s mission and vision. They must operate within the organization’s policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
-Employment Logistics
15-20 hours per week
Wage: $15/Hour
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.
To Apply
1. Please seek more information about our learning community before taking the time to submit an application: http://www.navigatemn.org/
2. Qualified, passionate applicants should send their resume and cover letter by 4/20/16 to: team@navigatemn.org

Community Forum- Foro Comunitario

Nuestra comunidad tiene muchos recursos ahora como DACA, Advanced Parole y oportunidades de agilizar la residencia permanente cuando tienes petición familiar, ademas el MN Dream Act con recursos financieros para la educación superior, pero ahora con la elecciones presidenciales y la muerte del Juez Antonin Escalia, tenemos que estar alerta.

Ven y ponte al dia sobre todo de inmigracion y ten la oportunidad de conectarte con recursos comunitarios y visita una universidad y conoce representantes de universidades.

Tambien conoce el nuevo programa piloto de la Oficina de Educación Superior- Occupational Grant.

Se puede registrar aqui: REGISTRO
Desayuno y almuerzo incluidos.

Our community has many resources now like DACA and MN Dream Act, but there is a lot of uncertainty with the presidention election under way and the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. We have to be alert.

Join us get the latest around immigration and get a chance to connect with community resources, get a college tour and meet representatives from vaious colleges and universities.

[Want to bring your community resource? Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AA95fnuGpqU6E8RVmah3caUQ2moAm0S68E-n34Gfs0I/viewform]

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