Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success is the latest organization to join the team of organizations fiscally sponsored by Ecologistics in its Incubating Activism program.
CCC-USS was founded by staff and faculty from Allan Hancock College, Cal Poly and Cuesta College in 2015 to address the needs of undocumented students, and students in mixed-status families, in our area. “There are approximately 750,000 K-12 students living in California who have undocumented parents,” says Casey McCullough of CCC-USS. The organization’s volunteers are dedicated to creating and sustaining a system to support undocumented students in the Central Coast region so that they can achieve their personal and professional goals. CCC-USS’s mission is to create social change to ensure educational equity for all students and build capacity to support undocumented students on the Central Coast.
“San Luis Obispo County has an estimated 9,000 undocumented immigrants,” says McCullough, “and Santa Barbara’s estimate is much higher – around 40,000.” In Spring 2017, CCC-USS members at Allan Hancock College surveyed undocumented students to determine what their current needs and concerns were. Of the students polled, 57% are very concerned about possible detention or deportation for themselves or a close family member. Only 10% felt confident that they will have enough financial support to get through college.
Ecologistics is delighted to be sponsoring CCC-USS and helping it achieve its goals. CCC-USS meets once per month, and there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved. Meeting locations can be found on their web site at ccc-uss.org.