PAIR programs aim to support newcomer youth in Houston through their middle-school and high school years. By supporting these youth during their adjustment to their new lives in the Houston community, PAIR programs provide youth an opportunity to pursue an educational path that will improve their quality of life and fully develop their potential. In addition, parent education and engagement is a critical part of all programs. Individual home visits and group meetings help parents understand their essential role in their children's school success and the importance of higher education/training in achieving self-sufficiency.
Global Learners for Middle School Students
In our Global Learners programs, mentors support middle school students through activities designed to promote English language acquisition, build social and emotional skills, and understand and complete schoolwork.
Global Learners programming takes place primarily after-school and involves group mentoring, though it can also take place in-school and involve one on one mentoring.
PAIR Summer Program
In our PAIR's Summer Program, mentors, interns, and PAIR staff across all programs come together to support students from our middle school programs in continuing their learning while on break in between academic years. Students are able to see more of the Houston community, conduct science experiments, play games, meet new people, practice English, and more!
Our summer program also includes a Junior Counselor component wherein a small group of students from PAIR's high school programs gain work experience and build their leadership skills as part of the staff team.
Global Leaders for High School Students
In our Global Leaders programs, mentors assist high school students after school which is designed to promote English language acquisition, build social and emotional skills, and understand and complete school work.
Activities in Global Leaders are also designed for students to explore opportunities for their future and develop the leadership and life skills necessary to attain higher education and employment. Global Leaders programming takes place after-school and involves group mentoring.
Global Scholars for Juniors and Senior Students
The Global Scholars program enhances PAIR’s existing after-school support for resettled refugee youth in their pursuit of high school graduation, career exploration, and post-secondary education. In this community-based program, adult volunteers are paired with students in 11th or 12th grade of high school. Each mentor commits to supporting and guiding a young refugee for a period of at least one year to help the student develop and reach his or her personal, academic, and career potential.
Students in the Global Scholars program receive case management services from PAIR staff and focus on activities that include researching careers, applying for college, writing personal statements, completing financial aid and scholarship applications, and transitioning to college life.