IN THE SPOTLIGHT
World Refugee Day
PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING HOUSTON'S REFUGEE COMMUNITIES WITH STORYTELLING, MUSIC, DANCE, AND FREE FOOD!
In honor of the 70,000 refugees living in the Houston area, we invite you to join the Houston Refugee Consortium, in collaboration with the City of Houston, in celebrating World Refugee Day 2016! This free event will honor former refugees who have made a positive impact on the City of Houston and will feature stories from former refugees who have either just arrived or have been in Houston for decades. Seats are limited; reserve yours today! If you are interested in volunteering at the event, click here!
POWERFUL VIDEO LOOKS AT YOUNG REFUGEE'S EXPERIENCE
This moving video describes the challenges young refugees face as they adjust to school in Houston and the powerful difference mentors can make. "Lost for Words" stars one of PAIR's high school students as the young refugee and Charlotte Hornets NBA player Jeremy Lin as the mentor. The video was produced by the Jeremy Lin Foundation and the Jubilee Project with assistance from PAIR.
Mentoring, tutoring, college access, and leadership development programs supported by committed volunteers and partnering organizations build relationships, boost achievement, open doors, and inspire success.
PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders through educational mentoring programs.
Participants come from all over the world! They are refugees- newcomers to Houston who have escaped war and persecution at home. They cannot return to their homeland because of a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.” A small number of refugees are accepted into the U.S. each year, less than 1% of the total number of refugees worldwide.
PAIR improves the lives of young refugees as they face the great challenges of learning a new language and adapting to a new way of life. Our programs assist youth in adjusting to American life, achieving academic success, and becoming self-sufficient and engaged members of our community.
HOW YOU HELP
Welcoming refugees into our hearts and our community is a reflection of the highest American values: compassion, generosity, and service to vulnerable peoples. Through education, refugee youth have full access to all the new opportunities America opens for them. With your support, these newcomers will make valuable contributions to the growth and success of Houston and the nation, helping create a diverse and vibrant community with a skilled workforce and engaged citizens.