Orientation for College Access Program at DAYA Center

//Orientation for College Access Program at DAYA Center

Orientation for College Access Program at DAYA Center

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Our DAYA Center launched its second batch of College Access Program today. Last year the program was successfully accompanying high school students to choose majors and enroll colleges. This year the program is designed for 11 and 12 graders. While the curriculum for 11 graders focuses on how to select major and enroll to some affordable but high quality colleges/universities, the curriculum for 12 graders focuses on how to survive in college’s life and balance work, study, and life.

Obtaining higher education is key for maintaining a reasonable standard of living in the U.S. and yet since Indonesian-American population is proportionally smaller than other Southeast Asian groups there’s a lack of data available regarding higher education. The available AAPI data is unfortunately skewed. Even looking at a desegregated data of Southeast Asian-American data it’s often difficult to find a data that reflects the Indonesian-American population (not including student visa holders). One that we were able to find is from the Pew Research Center but does not reflect anyone under the age of 25 currently in school.

For most Indonesian-Americans who were either born in the States or have obtained legal status in America, obtaining a college degree is often seen as a right of passage like many other Americans. They go through the college prep process knowing their school and financial aid options. With that said, around 14.3% of Indonesians are living in poverty  
% living in poverty

Group All Americans All Asians All Indonesians
All 15.1% 12.1% 14.3%
U.S. born 14.7% 11.2% 13.6%
Foreign born 17.8% 12.8% 14.5%

Note: Poverty status is determined for individuals in housing units and noninstitutional group quarters. It is unavailable for children younger than 15 who are not related to the householder, people living in institutional group quarters and people living in college dormitories or military barracks. Due to the way in which the IPUMS assigns poverty values, these data will differ from those provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Due to data limitations, figures for Indonesians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2013-2015 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

From the most recent U.S Census it is estimated that 113,000+ Indonesians are living in America concentrated in the following regions: Southern California, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Seattle and Greater Los Angeles Area. There is also a significant number of Indonesian-Americans who either grew up in the States or arrived recently that do not have legal status in the U.S. which restricts them from receiving financial aid or scholarships. In addition to the 113,000 + Indonesians, there are thousands of unaccounted Indonesians who have overstayed their visa and are undocumented. Each year DHS release the number of visa overstay and suspected Indonesian overstay for Fiscal year 2016 is 1,196.

Based on this ideas and data, DAYA Center-Dompet Dhuafa USA established its College Access Program.  


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