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‘CHICAGO’ STORIES

I AM DACA, A TEACHER, A FATHER + SO MUCH MORE

David Blancas earned his bachelor's and master's degrees under the protection of DACA. With its removal, he now worries what for his family's future.

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JUDGE ME BY MY ACTIONS, NOT MY CITIZENSHIP

A OneGoal alumna shares what unique obstacles she had to face as an undocumented college student and what the end of DACA could mean for her.

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REDEFINING RESILIENCE + SUCCESS

OneGoal Alumnus Trevon Slaughter felt lost when he realized that he'd need more than four years to graduate college. That's when his resilience kicked in.

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CROSSING THE GRADUATION STAGE

OneGoal Alumna Ivelise describes her journey from the OneGoal classroom in high school to receiving her degree in English and Creative Writing. "While OneGoal gave me that first step on the graduation stage, I’m the one that got me across it."

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BRINGING ONEGOAL TO OUR SCHOOLS

In April 2017, OneGoal honored principal partners dedicated to seeing more students graduate from college at OneGoal-Chicago's annual School Leaders Appreciation Breakfast. Here is what they had to say.

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REFUSING TO BE DEFINED BY A NUMBER

What I’m excited about right now is just getting to college. I recently went on a college tour and just being on campus, it finally hit me that this is real. I’m going to be here soon.

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COLLEGE IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER

On Nov. 2016, we spoke with Kacie Martinez, a OneGoal - Chicago Year 2 Fellow and Prosser Career Academy senior, about getting accepted to college and planning for the road ahead. Since recording these thoughts, Kacie has been accepted to Bradley University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

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SKY-HIGH AMBITION FOR COLLEGE

"Being exposed to issues like poverty, rising college costs, violence, and policies that only benefit a select few is why I have my career path all planned out: I’m going to finish college, rise in the ranks as a pilot in the Air Force while furthering my education, then retire and go into politics."

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THE WHITE HOUSE LEFT US SPEECHLESS

The White House's Beating the Odds Summit connected us with incredible individuals that, like us, didn't always consider college to be an option. But it's our differences that are going to change the world.

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MR. STRICKER DOESN'T GET IT

At one point, college wasn’t considered a possibility for OneGoal Alumni Anabel. Now, as a junior in college, Anabel looks back on what changed the course of her life: meeting her Program Director Mr. Stricker.

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FINDING MY VOICE

Cesar had overwhelming obstacles to overcome: undocumented status, abusive workplace, and limited opportunities. But determined to make his family proud, Cesar found a way to make his own success.

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HANDS DOWN, THE BEST PART OF MY JOB

As a young girl, I would play “school.” My friends would sit in a desk and complete old student workbook pages while I wrote on a small chalkboard. But it wasn’t until I stood in front of my own students that I finally understood why people said, “teaching is the most rewarding profession.”

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