REFUGEE STUDENTS arrive from other countries not knowing the language or the culture. There are no school records and their parents don’t know how to fill out paperwork. The high school-aged students have an unbelievably high risk of dropping out if they have no assistance assimilating to school and learning the language.
Lutheran Social Services can help and has been doing so for 16 years. When these kids are supported, 99 percent stay in school.
But the organization recently lost a long-time state-funded grant it has used to operate its youth refugee program here in Jacksonville. The agency has no hope of reclaiming this funding until January 2017, which means it needs to raise the money on its own to fund the program from now through December.
We’ve received amazing support from the community to keep this program going! Thanks to our wonderful donors, we’re continuing with our annual summer enrichment program, which continues academic and English language learning support.
But we need more help to continue this support through the fall months. Please give today and show refugee students that you understand!