The Refugee Development Center has experience in the following (past and current) programs for youth:
- Youth Orientations: Geared for newly arrived refugees, these informational sessions aim to help students succeed in their new schools by acquainting youth and their families with school personnel, students’ academic and behavioral expectations, and the buildings they will be attending.
- After School Tutoring: Students with homework, special projects, and other educational needs are invited to receive one-on-one tutoring and homework help, with an emphasis on English language-learning. These tutoring programs have taken place both at the RDC and in a number of Lansing School District schools.
- Youth Groups: These groups center on discussion of various school-related issues such as attendance, nutrition, drug use, conflict-resolution, and leadership development. They also provide an opportunity for students to communicate with others about their experience regarding resettlement in America. The RDC has also offered several specialized youth groups:
- Bullying Prevention Group: Many of our youth face daily bullying due to their “foreignness”. In response, a 10-week program was developed to address student concerns as well as strategies of personal protection and coping with stress.
- Peer Support Groups: These specialized groups focus on the mental health needs of newcomer youth. Topics include peer and family relationships, identity struggles, cultural differences, dealing with loss, and behavioral issues.
- Peace Club: In partnership with the Lansing School District, students meet weekly with RDC staff with the goals of increasing skills in conflict resolution, emotion regulation, and prosocial communication.
- G.L.O.B.E. (Gaining Learning Opportunities through Better English) Camp: This summer youth camp is offered once a year to prepare refugee and immigrant youth for the coming school year through language acquisition and educational activities. Part of this program takes place at the RDC and features local field trips, and one week takes place overnight at Lansing School District’s Ebersole Educational Center.
- Young Adult Leaders Program: The goals of this program are to develop skills in the areas of leadership, professionalism, communication, teamwork, and self-regulation. Students meet with RDC staff for eight hours of training to prepare for the summer camp program. During summer camp, they help facilitate a safe and engaged learning environment through peer leadership, and function as a liaison between staff and students to increase overall program communication and feedback.
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