Refugee Youth Programming

MORA works in partnership with local refugee providers to provide programming for all members of refugee families utilizing an innovative “2-GEN” model. Such services address the unique needs and challenges of refugee youth. MORA has and continues to use an equity lens when developing youth programming, to ensure that all ORR-eligible populations receive fair treatment and access to services. Such youth programming includes:

Refugee Family Education Program (RFEP)

MORA launched the RFEP pilot in the Moravia neighborhood of Baltimore to address childcare barriers for refugee parents attending ESOL courses as a part of employment readiness. RFEP utilizes a multi-generational approach that reduces barriers for refugee parents by providing playgroup/school readiness sessions for young children between the ages of 0-5 years old while parents of participants simultaneously attend ESOL courses. All program participants also receive support services to further eliminate barriers to employment.

For more information, contact:

Judy Center at Moravia Park Elementary School

Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG)

RSIG programming supports school-aged refugee youth (primarily ages 0-18) achieve academic success and provide support for public school systems to serve refugee populations. RSIG ensures that students have access to academic support outside of the classroom, parents are engaged in their children’s education, and school personnel have the cultural competence to recognize and address refugee needs. As a result, youth achieve the goals of the program to improve their academic performance, improve their English language acquisition, engage parent participation in school activities, and ensure that school staff have the capacity to provide effective, culturally-responsive education for refugee children.

For more information, contact:

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Silver Spring

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore

Baltimore City Community College (BCCC)

Refugee Youth Mentoring Program (RYMP)

RYMP is designed to promote positive civic and social engagement as well as support academic and vocational achievement of Refugee Youth, ages 15-24. MORA provides grant funding to support academic achievement, vocational and career advancement, and social inclusion, in order to propel refugee youth to fully achieve their potential. To accomplish these goals, local Resettlement Agency providers match eligible youth with mentors who provide the youth with personalized guidance, as well as invaluable support and nurturing that will ultimately facilitate social integration and economic self-sufficiency.

For more information, contact:

Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Silver Spring

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)