Fostering Unaccompanied Minors
LexRAP is hosting three meetings with Ascentria
to recruit foster families for unaccompanied minors. These meeting will be held at Lexington Community Center 39 Marrett Road in Lexington from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Here are the dates and times:
April 6 (Room 221), May 4 (Room 217) and June 8 (Room 221)
There are some refugee families that are at risk of ending up in homeless shelters
. We're in contact with one such family right now. Do you have an in-law apartment and be willing to host a family?
A six month commitment should be considered to help stabilize the family. There are many things to consider regarding hosting: language, schools, jobs, access to transportation, etc. To discuss, contact Marianne.
We are launching a tutoring group for a Syrian family in Carlisle
. We are using the model created for the Iraqi family in Lexington where each child will have a tutor and specialists will augment those tutors. Tutoring will take place in the home and the school. The group will work directly with the public schools. The children only recently started in Carlisle and are excited and feel welcomed by the community. The smiles on the kids faces as they get off the bus from their new school are wonderful. To see the Channel 4, CBS
, news story
on this: CLICK HERE
LexRAP will be doing two presentation, “How do refugees get to the U.S and what is LexRAP doing to help with their resettlement?” One is on March 26, at Sacred Heart Parish
and the other on April 07 at 9:30AM at Cary Memorial Library
in Lexington for the First Friday Event sponsored by the Lexington League of Women Voters. If you have a group or a faith based organization that would like a presentation, CONTACT TOM
. To see the PowerPoint presentation, Click HERE
Upcoming Opportunities to Tutor
- Contact JANE
1. Families with both parents and kids needing ESL
2. Helping unaccompanied minors with homework and enrichment. If interested in tutoring OR you speak Arabic.
One of the things we have learned is that when families arrive, often the children have had dramatic disruptions in their education. The needs are both ESL and basic academic instruction. We are looking to find or create instruction for students with interrupted formal education (SIFE). If you have access to materials or knowledge and experience in this area, contact Alexandra
- We received 26 laptops in our laptop drive! Staples gave us a grant which we used to buy some parts. The laptops were given to minors both in the Ascentria program and in refugee families. We are still looking laptops to refurbish. You can find the specs for laptops on our website http://www.lexrap.org/events
. You can Contact JANE
If you are interested in helping to organize dinners to welcome refugee families. This is an opportunity for locals and guests to socialize and mingle. Contact JILANA
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