IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the most recent tragedies in Paris and throughout the world.
During this difficult time, we want to share a story about a young PAIR student who fled Iraq with his mother to escape the violence of ISIS and who has benefited from a new life here in Houston. Read it here. We also encourage you to read our statement about the 3 steps you can take to stand up for American values and those escaping persecution around the world, wherever they are from and whatever their religion.
Refugee students work hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families by going to school, making new friends, and gaining the academic and social skills they need to become self-sufficient, active, positively contributing members of our society. As "refugees," they and their families have been vetted to ensure that they are fleeing targeted violence directed at them because of their race, religion, nationality, or political opinion and that they themselves have not participated in any violence. They deserve our compassion, respect, and support.
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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 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.
PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders through educational mentoring programs.
Mentoring, tutoring, college access, and leadership development 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.