We meet members of refugee and immigrant community where they are to provide them with interventions and supports that are culturally responsive to help them in their integration journey.
it can be easy to forget the conditions of where members of the refugee community are coming from in search for safety and stability, and the added layer of trauma they are trying to cope with at the same time as they navigate their resettlement and integration. In addition, the cultural, linguistic, and institutional differences that can create significant barriers and challenges for many of them in our community.
Thus -we are intentional in expressing empathy and being preset not only for the refugee parents, but also, their youths, in their struggles and challenges related to feeling that they are losing their sense of self identity and community in their new environment. Also -
We remain as a learning center for many entities in a way that we share evidence based effective strategies of working with members of refugee and immigrant community.
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The young people we support in our international initiative - in Africa:
come from rural families that depend on subsistence farming for their livelihood – extreme drought caused by climate crisis and host of other challenges have affected production of their food and limiting access to other basic necessities like clean drinking water and fuel (firewood).
Climate hazards responsible for these conditions are not doing any justice to the women, children, the elderly, and those with disabilities among others right now, because the burden of climate change in many of these hard-hits parts of the world falls heavily on the shoulders of women, children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Studies shows the harm done - to young people's brain development - as a result of prolonged exposure to chronic lack of enough necessities of life, like food, clothing, access to clean drinking water and lack of supportive environment that promote safety - And the trauma that comes out of these negative experiences, impacting young people's potential and their future - thus affecting development of their communities. This eventually becomes a cycle from one generation to another unless help is offered to these children now.
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Mentoring Program has positive implications for youth.
Take a minute and think about someone in your life who helped you get to where you are today. It could be someone who helped you learn how to ask for help when you need it.
While you may have not known it at the time, this person was acting as a mentor to you.
Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships.
Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them.
Research shows that the strongest benefit from mentoring, across risk groups is a reduction in depressive symptoms. Additionally-
Research outcomes demonstrates huge human potential lost as a result of not preparing young people who face opportunity gap for college and careers through mentorship.
As a mentor - by being a consistent adult presence in a young person’s life you can offer advice, share life experiences, and help a young person navigate challenges.
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Your support and contribution of any amount will enable us to meet our goals of improving the conditions of the individuals and families we serve in their greatest times of need.
Your generous donation towards any of our causes that you choose to support to fund our mission will go a long way to make a huge difference where the need is greatest.