Many immigrant and refugee children AAFSC serve endured violent conflict in their countries of origin, and currently experience troubling xenophobia and Islamophobia in their new homes.
PROJECT RESILIENCE seeks to address the urgent mental health needs among Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian immigrant teens in New York City, helping youth overcome the negative effects of trauma, abuse, and dislocation while building their resilience to cope with life’s daily challenges.
With your help, we will provide at-risk youth with individualized mental and behavioral health support over the course of the year.
DONATE TODAY to help us reach our goal by April 12!
About the Arab-American Family Support Center:
The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization created in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services to low-income immigrants and refugees in New York City. AAFSC’s mission is to empower new immigrants with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities. AAFSC initiatives operate across four priority areas--promote, prevent, get ready, and communicate--to promote wellness, prevent gender-based violence and child abuse, prepare family members to lead productive lives, and communicate immigrants’ needs to partners and policymakers.
While our doors are open to all, we have special expertise serving low-income Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Our free programs include adult education, youth enrichment, violence prevention, health insurance enrollment and outreach, mental health counseling, and legal services. Our staff speak 16 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, French, Farsi, Pashto, Punjabi, and Urdu, enabling us to communicate with ease, nuance, and cultural sensitivity. Our team is trauma-informed, prioritizing safety in every interaction and grounding all services in cultural, historic, and gender sensitivity.
In the face of rising discrimination and xenophobia across the country, AAFSC’s vision is more pressing today than ever: we strive for a just society where all immigrants can fully partake as Americans. We ensure newcomers can learn, work, heal, and thrive, and we celebrate the diversity of our community.