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Building a Future for Refugee Youth



Each year, the United States welcomes refugees fleeing war and persecution. Refugee youth begin their new lives in the U.S. with many hopes for a brighter future but face significant challenges to their academic success. Through after-school tutoring and mentoring programs, along with parent education and school advocacy, RefugeeOne supports over 200 youth per year as they strive to learn English and succeed in a new educational system and culture.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Refugee youth arrive in the United States facing significant barriers to their education. Many have never had the opportunity to attend school and do not speak English. They are placed into grades according to their age and must quickly catch up to their American peers. Refugee parents want their children to excel in school but are unfamiliar with the American school system and expectations. Additionally, refugee families often start their experience in the United States in poverty.

How will this project solve this problem?

The RefugeeOne youth program has several components to meet the diverse needs of refugee youth. The after-school tutoring and enrichment program, along with the in-home tutoring program, provide 1-1 academic remediation, ESL tutoring, and mentorship five days per week to help refugee youth learn English and catch up to their peers.The school advocacy and parent education programs help parents and youth navigate the school system, advocate for their rights, and access educational opportunities.

Potential Long Term Impact

We provide these services to over 200 youth each year, setting them on the path to educational success. Upon arrival in the United States, we guide and support refugee youth throughout their first few years in their new country to set academic and career goals. Refugee families often enter the United States in poverty, and the adults must quickly attain minimum-wage jobs to support their families. By supporting refugee youth, RefugeeOne helps families escape the cycle of poverty.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $14,472
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $35,528
Total Funding Goal: $50,000


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Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Kim Snoddy

Chicago, IL United States

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Map of Building a Future for Refugee Youth
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