Refugee School Impact Program
The Refugee School Impact program helps refugee students succeed academically as they adapt to a new learning environment, and provides parents with support and resources so that they are able to make a smooth transition to the U.S. educational system, navigate community resources for their children, and become active participants in their children’s schools and their new communities.
The Refugee Academic Success Coordinator helps build bridges between refugee families and communities, particularly school personnel, through a range of programming initiatives and services. These include:
- Making home visits to refugee families to assist them with forms, provide information, and conduct needs assessments
- Arranging in-home tutoring services for refugee children and providing academic support
- Providing interpretation and advocacy services for refugee families during school meetings and parent-teacher conferences
- Facilitating meetings between school administrators and refugee parents
- Coordinating donations of school supplies and other materials from the broader community for refugee children
- Planning quarterly events for refugee families that foster a sense of community and provide education in important skills. Past events have included back-to-school days and holiday parties, and educational topics have included bullying prevention and awareness and the resources available at local public libraries.
- Coordinating summer programming for refugee students
Through the range of services provided by the refugee academic success coordinator, the program empowers refugee families to become better acquainted with the systems, services and resources in their new communities so they can become better integrated in the community and move towards self-sufficiency.