Please help welcome recently resettled refugee teens to the United States. I am asking your support for RefAmerica, a program which seeks to provide participant young refugee leaders with the tools both to tell their stories and to help forge for themselves, their families and their fellow refugees – like generations of Americans before them – a new American story. Having spent years of my life overseas helping put in place U.S. government programs aiding those who have fled violence, war and persecution, I know the horrors these refugees have been through and the importance to them of being warmly received in a country offering safety, rights, and opportunities.
For the past three years, RefAmerica’s summer program has brought recently resettled, Syrian refugee high school students from around the United States to the Washington, DC area where they have stayed with host families and joined local American high school students in a program of leadership and public-speaking training, cross-cultural exchange, team-building, and learning about the United States and its American immigrant stories. Participants have had the chance to tell their own stories to supportive American audiences and plan together how they can make a difference in helping welcome refugees in their American home communities.
RefAmerica seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding and full inclusion of refugees who have been resettled in America through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Now preparing for its fourth year, RefAmerica is a sister program of its fiscal sponsor, New Story Leadership, which has for ten years delivered a comparable program of leadership, cross-cultural exchange, and the narrative method.
Please support RefAmerica and give a warm American welcome to refugees resettled in the United States. (Your donation on this site to the RefAmerica program will go through New Story Leadership and is tax deductible.) Thank you.