Engaging Community Leaders
The refugee and immigrant community has a strong voice, and we at New American Pathways are ready to help them raise it. Earlier this month, we partnered with Church World Service to host an all-day advocacy training. Participants learned how to register voters, recruit supporters, and share their life stories and missions effectively. Encouraged by this training, participants expressed they felt inspired to continue their work and are interested in digging deeper into these topics.
Participants also enjoyed learning about resources that help them serve their communities better. New American Pathways Community Engagement Program (CEP), in response to the need for refugee-friendly resources, has launched an online guide to community services in DeKalb County: the New American Network. This online tool is part of a concerted effort to ensure welcoming communities have access to the resources they need to ensure their members feel safe, stable, self-sufficient, and successful. Part how-to guide and part Yellow Pages, the New American Network shares information about getting a driver’s license, registering to vote, enrolling children in school, accessing health services, and so much more.
If you haven’t yet, please visit us at www.NewAmericanNetwork.org! We thank CDF Action and the International Rescue Committee for their support in this project.