PAIR's Newcomer Program
Summary: In "Global Explorers," newly arrived refugee youth meet with mentors who help them adjust to life and education in the US through individual and group activities and field trips.
Details: Newly-arrived refugee youth ages 11-18 participate in a year-long program of cultural orientation, academic enrichment, and mentoring. Group activities are engaging and educational, covering topics such as health, safety, nutrition, exercise, hygiene, handling stress, succeeding in school, managing relationships with family and friends, dealing with bullying and bias, and celebrating the diverse cultures of America--especially their own. Sessions also bolster academic skills, especially English. Students are matched one-to-one with mentors who commit to attending a majority of sessions for the year. Global Explorers assists participants in achieving a smoother transition to their new home and school and a greater understanding of American and school culture; more positive attitudes toward school; increased social competence, self-esteem and confidence; increased interest and participation in school activities; improved English skills; and more positive relationships with peers and adults
Explorers meets 10 Saturdays in both the fall and spring semester and is our only program requiring a volunteer commitment of two academic semesters. (Must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer.)