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During the July 9, 2013 Global Village Project meeting numerous needs and foci were identified for the school such as:

  • Evaluation/data collection needed
  • Priority of language learning
  • Tech = huge asset, but currently lacking
    • Need: support tech person, smart boards, tablets
    • Computer lab old
  • Individual education customization lacking
  • Interest in STEAM vs. STEM (the former includes Arts)
  • Transportation's impact on students ability to attend
  • Importance of mentoring
  • Interest in imparting real-work, job readiness skills

I offer the following resources and connections, and encourage others to add to this list.  I'm happy to connect GVP or others to these if anyone is interested:

  • Building Understanding provides workshops and speakers to address such issues as navigating cultural differences while taking pride in one's identity, breaking down prejudices, and building community (disclaimer: I lead this nonprofit)
  • United Way DeKalb Opportunity Zone provides a mini-grant program, coaching services, and monthly council meetings to empower families in Scottdale and Clarkston communities by coordinating between dozens of partners from grassroots to nonprofit to government to health to private sectors (disclaimer: I lead this initiative)
  • Due Aug 10 -- DeKalb County's Human Services Department offers competitive grants annually to preventative or early intervention focus projects that meet an urgent community need for economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Emory U. has extensive community partnerships -- I had a positive experience having Masters in Public Health students conduct an evaluation of an aspect of the program I manage for United Way.
  • DeKalb County PHLOTES Initiative comprises a coalition of local partners concerned with educating students whose Primary Home Language is Other Than English
  • CDF (formerly Clarkston Development Foundation) nonprofit is kicking off community development fund project to popularly decide how to direct $50,000 in the community
  • Bobby King (former Refugee Family Services executive director and long-time Clarkston educator and activist) has developed an excellent resource booklet for young people to consult in choosing their career path and figuring out how the pieces necessary to make their dreams happen
  • The Broadway Newspaper is a new publication created by refugee youth, grown out of the Bhutanese community, and now looking for broader input -- this could be a neat thing for students to get involved with
  • Staffing the schools -- teachers and admin -- while funds are especially tight can come through AmeriCorp positions (a process initiated by talking with Georgia Commission on Service and Volunteerism)
  • Refugee mentoring program is provide by Culture Connect and, I believe, Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)
  • Refugee Stakeholders Network meetings, led by the Georgia Office of Refugee Resettlement, and Michael Singleton's mailing list provide a wealth of resources and information highly relevant to your work
  • Refugee Women's Network provides entrepreneurship trainings primarily to refugee women
  • Georgia Perimeter College and GA Piedmont have both been good about partnering with area schools and nonprofits on such projects as providing computer training or ESOL for youth.
  • Operation HOPE and many banks provide free financial literacy classes
  • DeKalb Workforce Development provides many job search and training services for free
  • www.networkatlanta.net provides low cost or free computers to nonprofits and low-income individuals

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