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Refugee School Impact Grant

 

What is the Refugee School Impact Grant?

The Refugee School Impact Grant helps refugee children ages 5 – 18 succeed in school. This program also helps refugee parents understand the school system and provide the support their children need to succeed.

 

What activities does the Refugee School Impact Grant provide?

The Refugee School Impact Grant provides: 

  • Culture-specific and language appropriate materials, such as special assignments or activities for refugee children;
  • Translation and Interpretation Services for families during school activities;
  • Flexible tutoring times during and outside of school hours, including after-school classes, weekend tutorials, and online assistance;
  • Cultural orientation;
  • School orientation, including refugee parent/teacher meetings;
  • Programs that help refugee youth adjust to American school systems, including English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, mentoring, group activities, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth; and
  • Specific support for measurable classroom performance, including completing homework on a timely basis, improving grades, and achieving high school graduation.

 

Where are services funded by the Refugee School Impact Grant available?

The Refugee School Impact Grant funds services throughout Wisconsin in regions with high refugee arrivals, secondary migration and refugee concentration. Currently, Refugee School Impact Grant funded services are available in and around Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, the Fox Valley area, and Sheboygan.

 

 

Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant

 

What is the Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant?

The Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant helps refugee youth ages 15 – 24 achieve personal goals related to their education or career through the help of a mentor.

 

What activities does the Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant provide?

The Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant provides:

  • A trained mentor to help the youth to identify and achieve their education and career related goals;
  • Support to develop social and life skills;
  • Assistance to learn American culture while also celebrating the youth’s own culture;
  • Tutoring or other supports in the area of English language, math, or other educational or career related skills;
  • Help with transitions in school, such as the transition between middle and high school, or high school and college;
  • Support for career development through skill building, resume drafting, or other career-focused trainings; and
  • Opportunities that support development in health and financial literacy.

 

How do the Refugee School Impact and Youth Mentoring Grants partner with other refugee service providers?

The Refugee School Impact and Youth Mentoring Grants ensure that refugee youths and families are connected with:

  • Local refugee resettlement agencies;
  • State school officials;
  • Health and mental health providers;
  • Community-based organizations;
  • Faith-based organizations; and
  • Other local service providers.

 

Where are services funded by the Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant available?

The Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant funds services throughout Wisconsin in regions with high refugee arrivals, secondary migration and refugee concentration. Currently, Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant funded services are available in and around Milwaukee, Green Bay, and the Fox Valley area.