CYLC Community-Based Immigration Legal Services and Language Justice Career Pathways

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CYLC Career Pathways in Immigration

Providing critical supports to underserved immigrant communities

CYLC is working to create two new community change career pathways in the area of immigration. CYLC has begun partnering with state agencies, national and local partners, selected community colleges, community-based immigration legal services providers, and language justice advocates/interpreter training providers to create career pathways in community-based immigration legal services and language justice/interpreter training.

These career pathways will expand the number of well-trained paralegals, legal assistants, qualified interpreters, and nonprofit leaders who are prepared to serve immigrant communities.

CYLC Community-Based Immigration Legal Services Career Pathway

Enabling more low-income immigrants to receive affordable, quality legal services

Through the CYLC community-based immigration legal services career pathway, more legal service providers and non-attorney staff will attain and maintain the proper credentials to practice immigration law. This will enable more low-income immigrants to receive affordable, quality legal services and to take advantage of existing immigration benefits and, eventually, obtain U.S. citizenship.

This project seeks to expand and enhance the ability of local nonprofit agencies to provide quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. The demand for these services has continuously outstripped the supply, particularly in rural areas of the state. It is also a timely project because the legal services community continues to need capacity in order to help people seeking asylum, family-based visas, and citizenship.

CYLC Language Justice Career Pathways

Enabling access to critical services for immigrant communities across California.  

The Language Justice Career Pathways seeks to expand the number of qualified interpreters who can provide interpretation and translation services to immigrant communities in California. California is the most multilingual state in the nation, with over 200 spoken languages and sign languages, and with 44 percent of Californians speaking a non-English language at home. Trained and qualified interpreters enable access to critical legal, health care, educational, and other services and empower immigrant communities to make their voices heard in local-decision making.   

However, few interpreter-training programs are available to aspiring interpreters who speak languages other than Spanish. Such programs are rarely available to under-resourced communities. With a third to half of California’s farm workers speaking an Indigenous Mexican language, the lack of accessible interpreter training is silencing some of our most marginalized communities. The Language Justice Career Pathway seeks to increase the number of qualified interpreters to better serve marginalized immigrant communities across California.

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Learn More About CYLC

Interested in learning more? Feel free to reach out and connect!

Rosa M. García, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Community Learning Partnership (CLP) and
California Youth Leadership Corps (CYLC)
(m) 510-375-6340

Special Thanks to Our CYLC Immigration Pathways Funding Partners

We are proud to partner and collaborate with these partners to make CYLC possible

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
California Department of Social Services
The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund
The Grove Foundation