IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The PAIR community is saddened by the death of long-time advisory board member Dr. Malcolm Gillis on Oct. 4 at age 74.
Read more about Dr. Gillis here.
TO THE ORGANIZATIONS BELOW
for sponsoring our 2015 Global Learners Summer Program with a summer intern!
POWERFUL VIDEO LOOKS AT A 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 Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin as the mentor. The video was produced by the Jeremy Lin Foundation and the Jubilee Project with assistance from PAIR.
PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders through educational mentoring programs.
Mentoring, tutoring, and college access programs supported by committed volunteers and partnering organizations build relationships, boost achievement, open doors, and inspire success.
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.