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Toolkit: Accessing Federal Student Aid for Refugee Youth and Adults: Resources and Tips for Successful Application Processing

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 9, 2023
Topic(s): Adult Education, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Financial Capabilities
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education, Higher Education
The cost of postsecondary education continues to rise each year. For many refugee youth and adults, accessing financial aid determines whether they will be able to pursue their postsecondary academic goals. While supporting clients in applying for financial aid can be a daunting task, having a strong understanding of the policies and requirements can make …

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Evidence Summary: What Professional Development Activities Will Help PK–12 Teachers Create Culturally Responsive Learning Environments?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 3, 2023
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
While evidence is limited, suggestive studies describe multiple potential strategies that may help teachers build culturally responsive learning environments. Teacher professional development programs that offer concrete tasks of teaching, assessment, observation, and reflection may produce higher student test scores. Professional learning communities may help achieve the goals of creating more equitable and culturally responsive classrooms. …

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Guide: Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program Guide

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 2, 2023
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) providers have identified the need for a client-facing document that describes the URM program. This infographic covers the roles and responsibilities of those involved, and will soon be translated into various languages. Stay tuned for a provider-facing version as well.

Blog Post: Making Sense of Mobile Apps: A Collection of Interpretation, Translation, and Integration Apps for Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 23, 2023
Topic(s): Case Management, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Digital Inclusion
For newcomers to equitably receive the vital integration services they are eligible for, language access is essential. As service providers know, working with a professional in-person or telephonic interpreter from the same cultural and linguistic background as the client is always ideal. But live interpretation is not always possible given the demands of newcomer services. …

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Tool or Template: Apps for Translation and Interpretation

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 23, 2023
Topic(s): Case Management, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Digital Inclusion
Switchboard has compiled a list of mobile apps to support refugee service providers in navigating challenges of interpretation, translation, and resource-sharing in linguistically and culturally supportive ways. Please note, however, that these apps should be considered for things like short, simple conversations, appointment reminders, straightforward information-sharing, and initial inquiries to get a baseline understanding of …

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Toolkit: Supporting Families Resettling in the U.S.

Author(s): Sesame Street
Date: February 21, 2023
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
Service providers can help families situate their experiences—both good and bad—into the broader context of their lives. They can also help them acknowledge, discover, and leverage their strengths every step of the way. The resources and activities in this guide are designed to build on families’ resilience by teaching ways to navigate transitions while maintaining …

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Evidence Summary: What are the effects of multiculturalism in the PK–12 classroom?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 1, 2023
Topic(s): Education; Child
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
Evidence suggests that multicultural student teams and friend groups are better problem-solvers and produce better academic outcomes inside the classroom. Multicultural student teams may yield more creative solutions to problems they face in the classroom. Students who engage with people who are different from them may be more likely to have higher grades and better …

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Tip Sheet: Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: December 28, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Through its network of providers, the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program serves some of the most vulnerable children and youth in the world — those who were fleeing persecution, violence, or abuse, and entered the United States without a parent or custodian. The program provides foster care and other living arrangements, as well as the …

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E-learning: Toxic Stress and Well-Being Among Students Affected by Forced Migration

Author(s): International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Date: September 30, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
The International Rescue Committee’s New Jersey Office for Refugees developed this course in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education. It draws from the International Rescue Committee’s expertise in implementing education and social-emotional learning programs with conflict-affected children around the world. In this course, you will learn about common experiences associated with forced migration, …

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Blog Post: How Schools Can Support Newcomer Youth: Ten Innovative Practices

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: September 30, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
This is the second part of a series on school integration for refugee youth and their families.   While most students in the U.S. start the school year thinking about their locker decor, who their favorite teacher might be, and whether they’ll get to sit next to their crush in math class, most newcomer youth arrive …

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