Undocumented students needed to become more knowledgeable and informed in order to make decisions about college. Therefore I decided to create small groups for these students. My school has a 28% Hispanic/Latino population. Due to the political talk that was happening I had students that were very afraid about their future. I am not privileged to know my student citizenship status; if they do not come to me personally I will not know if they are a citizen or non-citizen. I had a group of students come to me concerned about college, they were hearing tons off rumors about what may happen to them and was unsure about what steps to take as far as pursuing college. One student said they were more students. So, I asked if she would talk to them about us having a group so we can talk about the options that students had. This student brought three other students that wanted help; this is how the group formed.
Undocumented, immigrant, dreamers and DACA are words that have all been used interchangeably to describe students who have to pay out of state tuition in North Carolina. Students that fall into these categories at my school were finding it difficult to continue to earn a Bachelor’s degree even though they were graduating from high school with up to 60 college credits. I used the term undocumented in my group signifying that students did not have the documentation to earn in-state tuition in North Carolina.
The topics of the group give the students the ability to research and learn about their options. When selecting the goals I wanted to target the following ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors: for the students is to help them gain some self-confidence, belief in their academic abilities and understand that post-secondary education is necessary for long-term career success. The results report will help me to adjust my time to deliver the lessons more effectively. Group members did not attend as much on the end because they were getting busy doing other things. One student was in a club that was requiring more time and another student had to increase work hours to help at home. I would use more time for students to work on completing activities together in the group. I believe that I received quality feedback for the students, but if I asked more questions I believe that I would have more input to incorporate more sessions and activities for the students to complete. I will continue to use all of the current lessons, but I would add more sessions so students will have to do complete all research and list while we are in the group. During the 2016-17 school year I only created one group.