When immigrant and refugee arrive in the U.S. many are eligible for support from the government in local, state and federal level. These social assistance programs are designed so that they may adjust to life in America. The above services are vertical services that many refugees and immigrants rely on. The most useful trainings an immigrant & refugee can receive are trainings that they may use to advanced their lives here in the U.S. and obtain either education or skill work. Finding those trainings are often hard and arduous and when you have difficulty speaking English, accessing these resources may be even more difficult.
Finding a community (“village”), a place to belong, is a often a matter of survival for many refugees and immigrants in the United States. What community organization like DAYA and many others seek to provide is a more horizontal community peer support system. A system that’s built on cultural ties and mutual understanding.
Beyond bridging access to resources we seek to empower our community members. Unlike traditional method of teaching & learning. We believe in shared community knowledge where our learners and community members aren’t just learning from us but we are learning from them. When we share information and expertise we all grow and become stronger together.