Dear RAIN community members,
It’s clear that the future of this country, and of the world more broadly, is being shaped by dynamic young people with a determination to change the status quo.
In this donor report, we want to update you on our THRIVE Youth Program, a transformative program for youth that want to develop themselves and their communities through communication and intercultural connections. These young people are building bridges and making big things happen in the Portland area, including community events, arts and language workshops, fundraising campaigns, and partnerships with local businesses. More than 80 youth participate in our THRIVE Program, half of who are unaccompanied children from Central America who are new to the United States. The other half of youth participants are local high schoolers and more than 30 community volunteers who participate in our unique peer support program.
THRIVE’s purpose is to break down the concept of service, and our framework stresses that the local youth aren’t “helping” the newly arrived participants, but instead are creating and sustaining critically important cultural exchange. Right now, we have 4 schools and two refugee programs involved, and we are proud that two of those schools have integrated the program into their curriculum.
THRIVE’s mission statement declares:
We are THRIVE. We are a generation of young people seeking to create bridges across culture, language and nationality. We seek connections that allow us to celebrate, honor, and share our humanity. Through our collaborative cultural exchanges, we endeavor to build a more compassionate, inclusive world. We are THRIVE, and we are bigger than any border, status or ideology.
Check out this passion in action in the attached event photos from International Sports Day, art created by youth participants, and a joint fundraising/education event.
We remain incredibly grateful for your support of RAIN and our work with refugee and migrant communities. You have been an integral part of our mission to change the narrative, and to provide assistance, information and resources to refugees and the professionals and communities supporting them on a global scale. Stay tuned for more updates, read more about THRIVE here, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Refugee and Assistance Information Network International