Education is the largest focus of HR3. It is the best tool for the refugees to improve their socioeconomic status. With it, they can navigate society, find jobs, learn trade skills, and much more. In order to provide a quality education, we teach a huge variety of subjects to our refugees. The subject matter is depends on the student, and it is selected on a case by case basis, but some common subjects include English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, medical world navigation, tax filing navigation, sports, and American culture education. It is our hope that the variety of subjects will provide the refugees with stepping stones to improve their lives and make a new home here in the United States.
Why Education is Important
As stated above, education is key to improving socioeconomic status (SES), but what does that mean and why is it important? SES describes your status in society and your financial situation. According to studies, a high status and solid financial situation suggests better health (both mental and physical) and greater freedom of choice. These two factors are important for determining the quality of life of a person, but how does education help one achieve a better financial situation and status? With education, a person is able to choose more paths in life, and with more paths comes a significantly increased chance to improve status and finances.
These are the programs we are currently undertaking, led by our talented and dedicated volunteers. Educational programming may change rapidly as we do our best to adapt to volunteer availability, the changing needs of our refugee families, and our resources.
English Immersion and Engagement Classes for Children
Our group-based children’s English Immersion and Engagement Classes are currently suspended due to the pandemic. We are currently offering virtual one-on-one tutoring for refugee children in need of additional practice with their English or other academic subjects.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Adult Classes
English language education is a vitally important survival skill for our adult clients. For those over the age of 18, we provide adult only ESL classes. Our volunteer tutors work on speaking, reading, listening and writing, while focusing on topics that are relevant to adult refugees’ everyday lives. We have greatly adjusted our operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our adult ESL classes are now conducted online using mobile device-based lessons. We are committed to consistently helping students improve their confidence and use of conversational and written English.
Many of our refugee mothers, unlike their kids and husbands, often do not get daily exposure to English outside the home necessary to acquire good language fluency. This class meets twice a week online. The classes also have the added benefit of reducing the mothers’ social isolation.
Vocational ESL Class
Our online class in development is Vocational ESL! The mission is to assist adults with English language that is relevant to clients’ everyday lives in the working environment or higher education. Tutors focus on key language skills our clients need to succeed for their professional and personal lives.
Women’s Citizenship Study Group
The needs of refugees change over the years. After 4 years in the US, refugees begin preparing for the naturalization process. We created an online class to give women a space to practice citizenship civic questions and prepare for their interview. We meet weekly on zoom. We stay up-to-date with the most recent policy changes made by USCIS.
Please enjoy this progress video of our current women’s ESL class! This cohort started mid-2019, and includes both refugees and non-refugee immigrant mothers wishing to improve their English. Unlike their children and husbands, many of our refugee mothers often do not get the daily exposure to English outside the home necessary to improve their fluency. This class meets twice a week online, and has the added benefit of reducing social isolation and building community among our learners.
Out of respect to their cultural preferences and due to safety concerns, no learners’ faces are shown in this video, but all voices featured are of our learners. Our learners also participated in the video-making process by submitting and selecting video, music, and image ideas.
Thank you so much to our volunteer tutors, some of whom are featured together in the video thumbnail, for joining us and helping our learners grow their skills!