PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders.
By developing their potential, each of Houston’s young refugees will become a positively adjusted, self-sufficient, engaged member of our community.
For most PAIR students, arrival in the U.S. brings the new possibility of gaining secondary education. But in order to complete high school and continue their education, they face the great challenges of learning a new language and adapting to a new way of life.
“While participating in PAIR programs, I have seen these kids want to learn and succeed so badly. They're from many different countries and backgrounds and have faced tremendous obstacles. [In PAIR programs] they're not just surviving, but are also learning, thriving and succeeding.”
— 2017/18 PAIR Mentor
PAIR bridges these gaps for 300 refugee students each year through mentoring, tutoring, college access, and leadership development programs. Supported by committed volunteers and partnering organizations, students find safety and connection, academic support and enrichment, opportunities to lead and build skills, and prepare for the future. With PAIR’s support, refugee youth build relationships, boost achievement, open doors, and inspire success.