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DACA Time

by DACA Time

1) What's your group's background?

DACA Time was founded on March 31, 2017, after the members of the team that would eventually become DACA Time met as strangers at GiveBackHack.  Brook Kohn, co-founder and CEO, pitched his vision to a crowd of over 100 people, and the simplicity and potential impact of his idea drew in one of the largest teams at the event.  After being recognized as crowd favorite and taking home a gracious award package from GiveBackHack partners and sponsors, DACA Time went on to pitch at the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship summit, where the team secured a slot in the SEA Change accelerator, where we find ourselves now.

Read more about DACA Time’s social entrepreneurial journey here:

https://medium.com/daca-time/social-entrepreneurial-journey/

2) Describe your Project!

An estimated 1.9 million immigrants nationwide are eligible to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and yet under 400,000 apply or renew each year. They face many barriers to completing this process, such as exorbitant (and sometimes extortionary) legal costs, a substantial application fee, and a complicated application to fill out. These barriers are often exacerbated by eligible individuals working to support their families and communities.

At DACA Time, our mission is to significantly lower these barriers to DACA eligible individuals so that they can take advantage of the protections offered by the DACA program to both continue and advance their contributions to society without the threat of deportation.

The DACA Time software offers TurboTax-style accessibility and affordability that obfuscates the complexity of the DACA application for our users, in many cases precluding the need for applicants to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars in legal fees.

3) What is your goal for this project?

Cost and complexity represent significant barriers to DACA applicant success, DACA Time’s mission is to lower those barriers significantly for our users. We believe that the barrier to immigration should be the applicant’s eligibility, not their ability to navigate complicated forms and to pay high legal fees – and we are working to make that reality.

4) How much money do you need and what will you use it for?

~$1,000 for promotional materials and marketing leading up to anticipated launch in August
~$1,000 for incorporation/non-profit application fees (plus potential associated legal expenses) prior to launch
~$500 for administrative overhead (business tools like G Suite, web hosting infrastructure, etc.) prior to generating revenue