What's New

September 2015


  • National Welcoming Week is around the corner! From September 13-21, immigrants and U.S.-born community members will come together in a spirit of unity through service projects and other events across the country. How are you celebrating?




  • Education and Health Grants for Nonprofits, from the Tomberg Family Philanthropies, makes grants to support projects in the areas of education, the environment, health, and poverty alleviation. The deadline to apply is September 18, 2015.
  • Diversity Research Grants, from the Society of Pediatric Psychology, are available to conduct pediatric psychology research that features diversity-related variables, such as race/ethnicity, gender, culture, language differences, socioeconomic status and/or religiosity. Other aspects of diversity may be considered. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2015.   
  • Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program Grants, from the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, aim to support organizations that believe change is built from the ground up, and collective action is needed to challenge the status quo, demand change in policy and practice, and advocate for systemic solutions. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2015.  
  • 2015 Learning and Leadership Grants, from the NEA Foundation, support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2015.  
  • Fall 2015 Toolbox for Education Grants, from the Lowe's Charitable Foundation, funds improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects should provide tools that help educators and parent groups through today's challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority. The deadline is October 16, 2015.
  • Community Grant Program, from the Walmart Foundation, will award local nonprofits that help residents within the service area of individual Walmart stores. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2015. 
  • Collaborative School Library Award 2016, from Upstart, recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2016.  
  • A Little Hope Grants, from The National Foundation for Grieving Children Teens and Families, funds organizations that provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one. The deadline is rolling.


Migration and Resettlement Awareness

  • Country Condition Reports, from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), provide historical timelines, brief descriptions of common methods of torture, and synopses of current conditions and pertinent issues related to each country featured.
  • Karen Refugees after Five Years in Canada: Readying Communities for Refugee Resettlement, from the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, presents 12 recommendations for consideration taking the views of Karen refugees and local community members into account. These recommendations address current settlement practices but also provide input into ongoing settlement policy reform discussions presently underway.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Enrique's Journey for young adults has been adapted and updated and is aimed at middle school students and reluctant readers in high schools. There is a teaching guide available for this version, geared to the new nationwide Common Core Standards in schools, available here. The book is also available in Spanish.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • New Language Access Mapping Tools, from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, will help identify the concentration of populations with LEP at national, state, judicial district, and county levels.  The Language Map App allows users to view and download data from an interactive map. The interactive maps provide data on the languages spoken by populations with LEP at the state and county level for all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Other federal language mapping tools are located at lep.gov/maps.

Child Welfare

  • In-Country Processing in Central America: A Piece of the Puzzle, from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), provides an overview of the CAM program and its operations, and reviews the history of U.S. in-country processing programs, which date to the 1970s and have operated in countries including Vietnam, Haiti, Cuba, and Iraq. It also examines the issues such programs have raised about goals, participation rates, and the process and criteria for in-country applications. (Description from source)  
  • Family Immigration Detention: Why the Past Cannot Be Prologue, from the American Bar Association (ABA), focuses on the government's response to the 2014 influx in arrivals of Central American mothers with young children to the southwestern U.S. border. It finds that the government's buildup of family detention centers ­and the practice of detaining families in jail-like settings are at odds with the presumption of liberty and impinge on the families' due process right to legal counsel.  
  • Cut Off from Justice: The Impact of Excluding Separated Migrant Children from Legal Aid, a report from The Children's Society, aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the nature of the changes to legal services for unaccompanied and separated migrant children since the implementation of LASPO (2012), the scale of the Act, and the profile of children at risk of being left vulnerable to a lack of access to justice.

Early Childhood

  • Ready to Meet the Needs of All Children? A Closer Look at Diversity in the Early Childhood Workforce, an archived webinar from the Migration Policy Network (MPI), presents findings from the report Immigrant and Refugee Workers in the Early Childhood Field: Taking a Closer Look, and discusses the issue with a leading expert in the field of child-care worker employment. (Description from source)
  • Talk, Read, Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in collaboration with Too Small to Fail and the U.S. Department of Education, is a suite of resources that can help enrich children's early language experiences beginning from birth. This toolkit includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children's home languages. Available in English and Spanish[JZ1] .  [JZ1]Each tip sheet should have its own CH entry


  • Supporting Immigrant Students' Rights to Attend Public Schools, a new eBook from the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), is available in English and Spanish. The education of undocumented students is guaranteed by the Plyler vs. Doe decision, and certain procedures must be followed when registering immigrant children in school to avoid violation of their civil rights. BRYCS also encourages you to visit IDRA’s webpage on serving immigrant students for education resources for elementary and secondary school-aged students and their families, which includes a printable School Opening Alert, guidance published by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education published in May 2014 advising school officials that activities that deny or discourage students to attend school are unlawful, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency in August 2015, and more.
  • Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are, from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), was developed as a companion to the DVD Refugee Families and Youth in the United States. This informative guide incorporates segments of the video into engaging activities. Connecting Diverse Cultures features practical and effective activity plans designed to help facilitators, teachers, and trainers increase understanding of and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs.


Health/Mental Health


Program Development

  • UNHCR-NGO Toolkit for Practical Cooperation on Resettlement: A Repository for Exchanging Ideas on Resettlement Partnerships, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is intended to help UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) strengthen partnership and cooperation on resettlement. It provides practical guidance for the UN refugee agency and NGOs to cooperate on operational activities, information sharing, planning and advocacy. It is also provides examples of such partnerships in action, both past and present, to generate best practices and build on earlier efforts. The toolkit is not a "how to" manual and does not attempt to provide step-by-step guidance, but rather aims to collect and share useful tools. (Description from source)  
  • The Role of Advocacy in Capacity Building, an information guide from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), can help assist in advocating for greater agency support in order to better assist clients.