New Americans

The Path to Community Leadership

This month’s thought leader piece is written by Ogbai Afeworki, a former refugee from Ethiopia who was one of the first graduates of the Fugees… More >

The Role of New Americans in Upcoming Elections

This month’s thought leader piece is written by Angie Chermanz Monroy. Angie is a native of Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. at the… More >

America’s Legacy of Open Doors

This month’s thought leader piece is written by Luke Anh Nguyen. Anh has worked at the Census Bureau, Atlanta Region, as a Partnership Specialist and… More >

Obaid Rasoul- 30 Years of Creating New Opportunities

Atlanta is now home to thousands of amazing new Americans who have contributed in incredible ways to their communities. Many of those new Americans have… More >

The Open Doors of Citizenship

For this month’s thought leader piece, we spent some time talking to two of New American Pathway’s newest citizens, Punam and Justine. Punam Pradhan is… More >

On the Pathway

New Americans are tenacious and strong, resilient and brave. They are dedicated to learning, working hard and creating a home for themselves and their families…. More >

Abdirahman’s Citizenship Journey

Citizenship is a huge goal that many refugees have once they are resettled in the United States. During those first few weeks, it seems like… More >

Why Education is Important

We asked some of our middle school students in our Bright Futures Afterschool Program the question: “Why is education important to you?” Below are their… More >

Bee Nguyen: Our 2019 Friend of Freedom Honoree

At Red, White and NEW on August 17, 2019, New American Pathways will honor Bee Nguyen, the representative for Georgia House District 89 that includes City of Atlanta… More >

Celebrating Refugee Art and Culture

Refugees are incredible contributors to their communities. We often talk about the economic impact refugees have on our communities, but on this World Refugee Day,… More >

What World Refugee Day Means to Me

This month’s Thought Leader piece is by Mwoddah “Mo” Habib. Mo is pursuing a Master’s of Public Health concentrating on health management and policy at… More >

The Power of Refugee Stories in Advocacy

On May 8th and 9th, I joined over three hundred advocates from thirty-two states in Washington DC, for the Refugee Council USA advocacy days. In… More >

Omar’s Story

Anyone who has even been to Clarkston knows Omar Shekhey, who runs the Somali American Community Center by day and drives a cab at night…. More >

Asmaa’s Story

Originally from Iraq, Asmaa had built a career as an academic at the Baghdad University College of Arts. Asmaa was a fixture at the university… More >

World Refugee Day, Clarkston-style

A global tapestry of culture found its home in Clarkston on June 23rd. In the span of two hours at this year’s World Refugee Day… More >

Celebrating Welcoming Week

Clarkston, the most diverse square mile in America known as the “Ellis Island of the South”, offered the perfect setting last week for a local… More >

Meet Our 2017 Friend of Freedom

If you haven’t met Dr. Heval Kelli yet, you’ve probably read about him or seen a story about his journey from Syrian refugee to American… More >

It Takes A Team: Part 4

By Juilee Shivalkar The fourth and last part of this mini-series focuses on Hassan, the newest team member. Click here to read Part 1, Part… More >

It Takes A Team: Part 3

 By: Johnna Gadomski and Juilee Shivalkar This is Part 3 of a mini-series about Marwan and his team—St. Bartholomew’s, Page Love, Nathan, Araz, Rebecca, and… More >

It Takes A Team: Part 2

By: Juilee Shivalkar Last week, we shared more about how Marwan and his team first began his ASL lesson. If you haven’t already, click here… More >

It Takes A Team: Part 1

By: Juilee Shivalkar and Johnna Gadomski From navigating a whole new culture and starting a life in a foreign country, there are many challenges that… More >

A Painful Blessing: Life as a Refugee and Emory Student

“I agreed to speak [at World Refugee Day] because I would like to convey a different message in the media about Syrian refugees than the… More >

Burmese Refugee Defies All Odds

By Johnna Gadomski L fled from Burma to Malaysia 28 years ago. Although he faced many hardships as an asylum seeker, his challenges were compounded… More >

Dilip Dahal: From the Bottom of our Heart

Staff members Sarah McCormick (left) and Safia Jama (right) put Dilip in the center of their heart to symbolize their thanks for his support of… More >

Sweet, Sweet Syria

Warning: Don’t read this if you’re hungry! Our supporters have been enraptured by the story of Ruwaida and Khaled, Syrian refugees resettled through New American Pathways… More >

Spotlight on Doris Mukangu: Empowering Women

The walls of Doris Mukangu’s office are covered in photos of African women in various states of work – farming, carrying heavy burdens, selling in… More >

Maria the Cat, Mohammed the Kid

Mary Cash, our Volunteer Engagement AmeriCorps member, wrote about creating animal shapes with Mohammed in the afterschool program. New to America and his DeKalb County… More >

Bhim’s Story: An American Dream

Becoming a refugee usually means hardship. Those who receive the government status of refugee are given it because they’re fleeing from proven persecution. That statement… More >

A Valentine from Georgia to Refugees

Georgia loves refugees, and refugees love Georgia. This Valentine’s Day, New American Pathways, through our work with the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), held… More >

A Taste of Sweet, Sweet Syria

Four years ago, Ruwaida and Khaled fled Syria on foot to Jordan – like so many others, for the safety of their children, who were… More >

Old Traditions with New Friends

Abdul Haikal and his family enjoyed a very special first Thanksgiving this year with some new friends – the Brenners. The Brenner family is a… More >

Teaching Us to Fish

Carmen Buezo is a New American Pathways client who was resettled from Honduras and began working with the vocational counseling program to work to achieve… More >

Volunteer of the Month: Asad Tabchi

For all new Americans, the first few days after arrival here are tough, and adjusting to a new life in a new country can be… More >

Meet Our 2016 Friend of Freedom: Judge Meng Lim

Our annual Red, White and NEW gala event is coming up on August 20th, and we are proud to introduce our 2016 Friend of Freedom… More >

From Fear to Friendship

Hadley Standring is the current Masters of Social Work (MSW) Intern at New American Pathways, serving with the Resettlement and Resource Navigation and Communications Departments…. More >

A Gift for Singla

She moved to the U.S. at 61 years of age to start a new life with her family, after living in a refugee camp for… More >

In Her Own Words

In 2015, New American Pathways client Dhan Rai, a participant in our Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, wrote about her experiences in PAT. We are… More >

It’s All About the Bike

Shakir (right) arrived in the U.S. in 2014 and works with Communicycle in Clarkston. Shakir worked with New American Pathways’ Melodie (center) and Kate (left)… More >

From Soap to Civil Rights

“When you open your eyes, what do you see? What events in your life can you use to inspire hope in the world? Mine has… More >

A Life in Service

Ehsan (left) works with Mount Paran Church’s mission department. Ehsan always makes sure to remember his fellow refugees when donation drives come around.   If you… More >

Refugees Changing the Country: Madeleine Albright

On November 11 marked a little-known anniversary in the United States: On that date 67 years ago, Madeleine Albright, likely the country’s most famous refugee,… More >

From Syria to Safety in Georgia

When Kamal and Amal arrived here from Jordan in September with their six children, they had no idea how they would be received. After tremendous… More >

From New Americans to Civic Leaders

In July 2013, Safia Jama (left) was a new American citizen being honored for her incredible journey at the first annual Red, White and New… More >

October Volunteer of the Month: David Ross

After 15+ years with New American Pathways, David Ross (left) still enjoys the little things in volunteering – like showing up to a day of voter registration… More >

Samer Featured on 11Alive

New American Pathways client Samer was featured on local 11 Alive news on September 9, 2015 to discuss his own story of resettlement in the… More >

New Study: Each New Immigrant Creates 1.2 Jobs

According to a new study from Indiana University and the University of Virginia, each new immigrant in a community helps to create 1.2 new jobs –… More >

Druid Hills Valedictorian Arrived as Refugee

Abishkar Chhetri and his family were resettled in Atlanta when he was 13 years old. While the language and cultural barriers were tough to get… More >

Local Refugee Becomes Standout at Emory

Sy, a refugee from West Africa, was 11 years old when she and her family were resettled in Atlanta. Now, Sy is one of Emory… More >

Clarkston’s Championship Track Team Gets their Rings

In 2014, the Clarkston High track team, with very little funding and almost completely made up of refugees, won the state Cross Country championship. Since… More >

Businesses Follow Refugees as they Resettle

In Buffalo, new refugees have meant new businesses, as businesses crop up that cater to the cultures and tastes of new Americans. Read the whole… More >

Refugee Becomes Youngest African-American IHOP Franchise Owner

You can learn a lot from Adenah Bayoh. As a young girl, war forced Bayoh from her home country of Liberia and into a refugee… More >

First-generation college student awarded Rhodes Scholarship

via USA Today College Ridwan Hassan is the son of Somali and Ethiopian refugees who survived war in their home countries to come to Georgia… More >

New Video: The Story of Cer

At our Breaking Bread Together event on April 14, 2015, we premiered the second video in our series, Pathways to Success. The Story of Cer… More >

There’s No Shame in Dr. Seuss

Awet Woldegebriel was eight years old when the war came. As a youth of Eritrean heritage born and living in Ethiopia, the Ethiopia-Eritrea War targeted… More >

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta recently welcomed the first Syrian refugee family to Atlanta

Our friends, and community partners, at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta recently welcomed the first Syrian refugee family to Atlanta – via AJC

“A New Life for Refugees, and the Cities they Adopt”

How do refugees affect the cities they join when they arrive in America – and how do those cities affect refugees? via New York Times: Link

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