Providing Resources for Healthy Development
Refugee and immigrant kids face the unique challenges of adjusting to a new school system and educational expectations, while also trying to reestablish a sense of community and rootedness in a new culture.
At World Relief Western Washington, our desire is to see children and families flourish and reach their fullest potential, despite the early obstacles they face upon immigrating.
Our NextGen program actively prepares refugee and immigrant children for a successful school experience and long-term cognitive and socio-emotional development by working with them and their families.
Family Literacy Class
The Family Literacy class is a space for refugee parents and children ages 0-5 to engage in separate English lessons through age-appropriate learning activities. They come together to practice songs, games, and activities related to the lesson that parents can repeat with their children at home to promote learning for both parents and children. This class is a place to share parenting strategies, information, skills, and support that can help refugee kids and families thrive.
First Steps - Early Learning Home Visitation
Children’s success and development starts at home and with those relationships within that home. With a trauma informed curriculum and individualized lesson plans the home visitation program focuses on strengthening those relationships.
An Early Learning Specialist meets with families in-home to identify goals for cognitive, social and emotional, speech and language, fine motor still, and gross motor skill development.
Refugee and Immigrant Student Engagement (RISE) Club
We collaborate with the Kent School District to provide an after-school program at Mill Creek Middle School.
Students can connect with World Relief volunteers and interns to get help with homework, ask question about school culture or problems they are facing, connect with other kids, and develop a trusted relationship with a mentor or volunteer.
Refugee Youth Summer Academy
World Relief Western Washington’s goal for the summer program is to create a supportive community for refugee children and youth who share the experience of moving to a new country and the challenges of adjusting to a new school, language, and culture.
Summer Academy focuses on helping refugee youth improve their language, literacy, and social skills through interesting, educational and hands-on lessons.
Arriving to the United States represents a momentous transition for a family with children. They face changing family dynamics and often the introduction of a new language. Kids must adjust to unfamiliar school systems and academic expectations.
Where they play, who their friends are, how they fit into the community, and what their future looks like have all shifted dramatically in their short lives...sometimes more than once!
Family support staff and volunteers help equip families to get through this transition through resources, learning kits, digital literacy, and community connections tailored to their expressed needs.
Immigrant Youth Internships
We are excited to invest in the next generation of immigrant leaders through an innovative tiered learning model.
Young people in high school and early college with refugee or immigrant backgrounds join the garden team each summer as Equity & Sustainability Interns, who help to develop and teach STEM curricula at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy.
A Project Manager Intern helps to mentor the Equity & Sustainability Interns and becomes a local advocate for positive change in the community.
Are you a young person with an immigrant background and a passion for community and environmental stewardship? Learn more.
Young Adult Mentorship
Volunteer mentors walk alongside refugee and asylee youth ages 18-24 with the goal of developing mutually transformative relationships. Young adults set their life, career, or educational goals and mentors meet regularly to support, find resources and build relationship.
This program is focused on promoting positive civic and social engagement.
"I wish I had a program like this when I was in school with teachers who looked like me. I hope they feel empowered to have big dreams for their futures."
- Equity & Sustainability Intern 2020
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