Building Capacity With Newcomers

by Virginia Tech Foundation
Building Capacity With Newcomers
Building Capacity With Newcomers
Building Capacity With Newcomers
Building Capacity With Newcomers
Building Capacity With Newcomers
Building Capacity With Newcomers


Refugees with low literacy in their native languages face unique challenges when they try to establish households and livelihoods in their new country. Our building capacity initiative expands programming in English language instruction to include classes in citizenship preparation, financial literacy, pre-GED preparation, and urban agriculture in order to link language learning with practical skill-building that promotes educational and economic advancement.

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Approximately 200 refugees resettle in the Roanoke area every year. A significant percentage include people from rural areas, with limited education, job skills, and English language proficiency. Frequently, these people require intensive support beyond the resources allocated by the U.S. Department of State. Work-life demands present additional challenges adults who want to earn a GED or college degree, but lack the language skills to complete the work.


We will provide adult ESL and capacity building programs that simultaneously increase language proficiency and convey practical skills in the areas of citizenship, financial literacy, pre-GED preparation, and urban agriculture.

Long-Term Impact

We will engage 80 men and women in capacity building programs that support their specific goals for acquiring further education and work credentials.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Virginia Tech Foundation

Location: Blacksburg, VA - USA
Virginia Tech Foundation
Michele James-Deramo
Project Leader:
Michele James-Deramo
Director of Service-Learning
Blacksburg, VA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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