Through the use of after school programs, youth mentoring, and school partnerships we help refugee students in Nashville achieve their academic and life goals despite their former adversities and setbacks.
Our goal is to positively impact refugee students through academic recovery, cultural activities, mentoring, opportunities for creative expression, and newcomer camps.
We base our success on factors such as improved grades, regular school and program attendance, positive attitudes from students, and community involvement. Refugee high school students are often isolated linguistically and struggle in school. Many have had long periods of inactivity in school as a result of their refugee journeys. They often feel heightened pressures at home to help care for and support their families. Many are seeking a place to be involved, to interact socially, and to find worth.
As a result of these and other factors, high school dropout rates tend to be elevated among refugee students in Nashville. World Relief Nashville’s Journey Program provides refugee youth resettled in Nashville with a place to belong, to define and strive for success in their own lives, and to receive the support they need to grow academically and socially.
What happens to the Journey Program when World Relief Nashville Closes?
Legacy Mission Village is a trusted agency that has partnered with World Relief for many years, including hosting a Journey after school site at their facilities. They have committed to continuing the Journey Program fully beginning June 2017. We are grateful for the way we know they will care for the Journey students and encourage our current volunteers to remain connected as the work continues under this new umbrella.