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International Council for Refugees and Immigrants

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Youth Services

In partnership with AmeriCorps and Serve Nebraska, ICRI provides educational and social support programming to refugee youth ages 7-18 in the Omaha metro area. Through after-school STEM clubs and one-on-one peer mentoring, youth benefit from extracurricular academic, social, and emotional support.


ICRI’s mentoring program, Bridge to Prosperity, was built through research and pilot testing to provide the most effective support to our participants. In addition to normal school and social pressures, refugee and immigrant students have the additional barriers of navigating American culture for themselves and their families which can cause isolation and increased stress. Through 1:1 coaching with trained Americorps State and National volunteers, Bridge to Prosperity aims to increase self-esteem and build positive support systems. These relationships lead to reduced absenteeism and helps prevent youth from having contact with the juvenile justice system.

For questions about mentoring, contact Patrick Kabula, Youth Program Coordinator.

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STEM After-school Programming

ICRI’s after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) group engages students in their own academic performance by immersing them in critical yet accessible STEM curriculum. Groups are hosted twice a week at three community sites: Andersen Middle School, Maple Street YMCA, and Fairview Apartments and is offered in partnership with Prairie STEM, YMCA, Omaha Public School Migrant Program, and Millard Public Schools.

For questions about the STEM program, contact Lulu-A-Ferdous, Director of Economics and Career Advancement.

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