Over 80% of middle-skill jobs (jobs not requiring a Bachelor's degree) are now considered "digitally intensive." The digital skills associated with these jobs can be grouped into three categories: productivity software skills, advanced digital skills, occupation specific digital skills. (Burning Glass study) By participating in IRC Denver's Digital Literacy Mentorship (DLM) program, our refugee families will be able to learn skills from one or more of these categories, allowing them to keep up with the changing labor market.
Many of our families come from backgrounds with limited exposure to any technology beyond cell phones and that exposure does not increase in the process of fleeing from your home. Starting a new life in America is daunting in itself, but when technology, digital skills, and advanced education run rampant, it can seem impossible. Our program works to bridge the ever-growing digital divide. We pair families with mentors from various career backgrounds that help them learn skills that are critical to their path to self-sufficiency. Having even a basic digital skill set such as word processing and spreadsheets transforms previously unattainable jobs to potential opportunities for our families. They will be able to apply for jobs that are in high demand, pay higher wages, and allow more opportunity for career advancement.
Knowing that not all of our families need to start at 'square one,' we are growing and improving our program to focus on three tracks: introductory, coding, and digital media. These align to the categories mentioned in the Burning Glass study. We meet our families where they are at and work with them over a period of 8-12 months to develop and hone their digital skills in areas that interest them.
With your donation, IRC in Denver will be able to purchase or provide the following:
- Software for education and employment purposes
- Digital Literacy Program Graduation event for families to share the skills they've learned
- Scholarships for computers
- Scholarships for STEM classes/programs, in the Denver area or online, for our young adults and adults alike.
- STEM activities & programs for youth - refugee children fall behind in their education when fleeing their homes. Providing the tools and activities to our youth will help them catch up and have the same opportunities as other children their age.
- Amazon & Audible gift cards to practice English skills and general literacy
The funds raised will not go toward any wages or forms of payment to participants or mentors.
Q: How much money is going to International Rescue Committee Denver?
A: 100%* of the donations raised on this site go toward our program (*minus Crowdrise processing fees)
Q: If I want to donate Amazon/Audible gift cards, can I do so outside of Crowdrise?
A: Yes. There are two options:
- You can purchase an eGift Card from Amazon as a gift to IRC email@example.com
- You can purchase directly from our Amazon wish list
Q: Where can I learn more about IRC Denver?
A: You can learn more about the services IRC Denver provides and more ways to get involved at our website
Who are Refugees? Refugees are men, women and children fleeing war, persecution and political upheaval who have crossed borders to seek safety in another country. Most eventually go home when it’s safe, some stay in temporary refugee settlements, and a tiny fraction resettle in a third country, such as the U.S. Those that resettle have to start their lives all over again from scratch. International Rescue Committee works with the Federal Government, private donations, and grants to help refugees achieve: Health, Safety, Education, Economic Wellbeing, and Power over their own lives.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization that works in the U.S. and around the world to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster as they survive, recover and regain control of their future. We are one of the nine national resettlement agencies that partner with the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to provide services to refugees approved for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of people, forced to flee violence and persecution, are welcomed by the people of the United States into the safety and freedom of America. These individuals have survived against incredible odds. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Denver and other offices across the country, the IRC helps refugees to rebuild their lives through services and programs that assist with initial resettlement through longer-term integration. Presently, these include case management, employment services, psychosocial support, family stabilization, health coordination, health insurance literacy and programs for children and youth.