Helping refugees resettle in Chicago

Jul 23, 2012

RefugeeOne's Refugee Youth Program

Through RefugeeOne’s Youth Program, refugee youth are provided with the resources they need to successfully transition into their new surroundings. Our dedicated staff serve as liaisons between refugee families and schools, helping families to understand school policies, accompanying them to registration and the first day of school, acting as emergency contacts, and providing parenting workshops to address topics that affect children’s academic performance. They arrange separate report card pickup times for refugee families and accompany families to the school with interpreters to ensure that parents understand their child’s academic progress.

During the school year, the Youth Program offers an after-school program that allows students to receive one-on-one homework help and ESL tutoring from staff and volunteers; participate in team-building and conflict resolution games; and enjoy extra-curricular activities such as art, music, and athletics. The after-school program also includes occasional field trips to local cultural institutions.

In the summer months, ESL activities, art, music, and athletics are offered through a six-week summer camp, allowing our youth to experience subject areas that are not always available to them in their schools.

Throughout the year, the Youth Program also hosts several special events, one of which is a Back-to-School Party in August where youth and their families are invited to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.  All youth receive new backpacks and school supplies donated by varying individuals, congregations, and organizations.  We are currently collecting school supplies and backpacks for our Back-To-School Backpack Drive until August 5. 

With a small donation, you can provide a refugee youth with the tools needed to navigate through school successfully.  For more information on our youth program click here.  To learn more about our Back-To-School Backpack Drive, click here.



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Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Kim Snoddy

Chicago, IL United States

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