Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, Manuel Antunez has lived in San Francisco since the age of 7. Manuel graduated from George Washington High School and is currently attending City College of San Francisco (CCSF), where he is pursuing an Associate of Science in Wireless Networking.
Manuel became interested in helping the migrant community because growing up in a country that is not always accepting of immigrants can be challenging. During middle and high school, Manuel saw that there were few opportunities available for the undocumented community. DACA wasn’t available until he graduated from high school, so Manuel felt the impact of being left out basic things his peers could do, like get a job or a driver’s license.
Manuel is passionate about helping immigrants like himself get informed on opportunities like affordable housing, scholarships, jobs that are specifically targeted towards the migrant community. He aspires to help as many people by connecting them the right resources for them.
For the DreamSF Fellowship, Manuel has been placed with Homeless Advocacy Project. There, Manuel assists the legal team with client interviews along with applications for green cards and work permits. This placement allows Manuel opportunities to see the legal aspect of social work, all while learning how to file for this immigration applications.
Manuel enjoys spending time with his family. He also likes to explore nature and being at the gym keeps his stress level low.