IN THE SPOTLIGHT
PAIR ANNOUNCES NEW ED
The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Miriam Velez O’Quinn as our new Executive Director. Miriam has significant experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She brings tremendous skill and passion to PAIR. We are delighted to welcome her. Reach her at Miriam@pairhouston.org. See more of her story under Featured Stories below.
PLEASE JOIN US
Through our Group Mentoring opportunities at several Southwest Houston middle and high schools, volunteers meet with students weekly, immediately after-school, and commit to a set day and time for a minimum of one academic semester.
Through our Individual Mentoring opportunities,
volunteers either (a) meet with a middle school student, in-school, on a set weekly day and time or (b) meet with a high school student regularly at a time and place arranged by each mentor/mentee pair.
POWERFUL VIDEO LOOKS AT YOUNG REFUGEE'S EXPERIENCE
This moving video demonstrates the challenges young refugees face as they adjust to school and life in the U.S. and the powerful difference a mentor can make. "Lost for Words" stars a PAIR student alumni as the young refugee and NBA player Jeremy Lin as the mentor. The video was produced by the Jeremy Lin Foundation and the Jubilee Project with PAIR.
2017 Youth Empowerment Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Meet Judy Le, Founder TakeRoot
Welcome PAIR's New Executive Director
Miriam Velez O'Quinn
PAIR Celebrates a Milestone
featuring the Class of 2016!
Empowering Houston's Migrant and Refugee Communities
featuring Dr. Yehuda Sharm
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.