Refugee Youth Services

Refugee children arrive in the United States facing a tremendous number of obstacles. They have often experienced traumatic violence, loss of family and friends, war and persecution. Many have even lived in refugee camps where living conditions are deplorable. They arrive with minimal or no knowledge of the English language and no understanding of the American school system. They often have responsibility for younger siblings and are trying to cope with the many difficulties they have experienced. Refugee Youth Services provide assistance with learning English, tutoring, translation and interpretation for parents and other services to promote a positive learning experience. The program provides activities to transition children and their families into the American cultural and educational system. Clients served by Comprehensive Refugee Services and Refugee Resettlement are eligible for Refugee Youth Services. In order to be eligible for Refugee Youth Services, children must be:

  • Between the ages of 15-18 (over age 18 if enrolled in high school or equivalent program)
  • Have come to the U.S. as a refugee, asylee, parolee, Cuban/Haitian entrant or Certified Victims of Trafficking
  • Have been in the U.S. for less than three years (Priorities given to new arrivals)

For more information on Refugee Youth Services, contact Maria Diez, 407-658-1818, ext. 1349