Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

2016 Statewide Immigrant Youth Convening

Date: Jan 1 1970, 12:00 am

"Pennsylvania is our home, regardless of where we come from. We want to make our home a better place for our families and immigrant communities. We want to bring immigrant youth together and create a statewide youth led movement. We are young, full of energy and ready to create change. We are the next generation of immigrant rights leaders and advocates!"  

Register Now! Registration is open until August 5, 2016.

After succesfully bringing together 32 youth from diverse geographical areas in Pennsylvania for the first-ever Statewide Immigrant Youth Convening in 2015, PICC has continued to engage immigrant youth from across the state in advocacy, provided support and direct leadership development to our leaders all year!

Since last year’s convening our youth participated in the following:  

  • Tuition Equity week of action and Back to School week of action
  • Anthony and youth leaders led a Know Your Rights information session for the immigrant community in Upper Darby, PA during the first wave of immigration raids.
  • Carlos shared his story publicly for the first time and helped our youth organizer facilitate a workshop on higher education and advocacy for Tuition Equity for undocumented students at Muhlenber College, Allentown, PA 
  •  Audrey and Church World Services (last year’s convening sponsor) started a new immigrant group to create hope and support, build educational and legal resources, and advocacy for immigrant rights in Lancaster, PA
  • Yeny, Marcos and members of the Defacto American Support group and Juntos youth organized and participated in various events for the #ShutDownBerks campaign to close the family detention center located in Berks County, PA
  • Daniel from Casa San Jose, Pittsburgh attended FIRM’s national Youth Summit in DC and led a vigil outside of the Supreme Court for DACA/DAPA
  • Veronica is one of PICC’s 2016 Summer Youth Organizers!

What– This is a weekend dedicated to bringing together 30 immigrant youth that originate from different walks of life across PA. This is an opportunity for us to share our stories and develop leadership skills, organizing skills, and have a chance to build relationships with other youth who share our similar experience and goals

When/Where– Weekend of August 19-21, 2016. Location to be announced.  
Register Today! – Registration ends August 5, 2016 

"I appreciate us being here. We are not supposed to be doing this. We are not supposed to organize. We are not supposed to rise up. But we are." – Sheila Quintana PA youth leader, 2015

Become a Sponsor!

Support our youth by making a generous contribution to our Summer Statewide Youth Convening. Your support will futher the development of immigrant youth in Pennsylvania.  

Our goal is to raise $4,000 to make our convening happen! 

  • Make a donation to our TILT page or
  • Send a check to PICC at 2100 Arch Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia PA 19103. 
    Memo: Youth Convening. 

Organizations, businesses, individuals interested in going that extra mile to make sure our youth attend this retreat are invited to sponsor a group’s transportation, lodging, food, etc. Please contact Maria Sotomayor at 215-832-3482 or

Thank you Kindly,

PA Youth Leaders!