Refugee youth face specific challenges to success including education gaps, low-performing public schools and limited supplemental academic support. In addition, grade level placements for newly arriving refugee children frequently are based on age, rather than academic skills, leaving older youth a short window of opportunity to obtain literacy and core skills before graduating from high school.
Despite these challenges, we consistently find that when refugee youth are supported by social structures and targeted assistance, they make rapid progress in language and literacy and thrive as members of their community.
Led by experienced professional educators, our Youth Programs ensure that refugee youth advance on grade level and enter high school prepared and on-track to graduate. In partnership with DeKalb County Schools, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Atlanta), we provide Pathways to Bright Futures, a school-based afterschool and summer enrichment program with school liaison services, for approximately 180 refugee students.
Here is our Bright Futures newsletter with information about our program and areas of focus for the 2018-2019 school year.