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Refugee and immigrant youth are unfamiliar with the culture, environment, and expectations of American schools. War, displacement, and trauma have often interrupted their educational and social development, making the transition to a new place and a new school—a transition that would be difficult for any young person—especially hard. Yet refugee and immigrant youth remain, despite difficult circumstances, full of talent, hope, and the desire to learn.
A mentor can have a tremendous positive impact on the ability of a refugee or immigrant student to fulfill his or her potential:
Contact Emily Barbee, ReWA's Youth Program Lead Teacher, at (206) 721-0243 or Emily@rewa.org.