- 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?
- Webinars on New Americans from the U.S. Department of Education focus on the educational and linguistic integration of immigrants and refugees. Webinar #1: America's Youngest Pioneers: Immigrant Children, Youth and Adults-What does the data show? Webinar #2: Creating Welcoming Schools and Webinar #3: Engaging Immigrant Parents and Families have now been archived. Four additional webinars are scheduled for the year.
- Opening Doors to Opportunity for Refugees: Addressing Toxic Stress and
Child and Family Well-Being for Refugee Children and Adults, a free webinar from the Office of Refugee Resettlement
(ORR), will take place September 9 at 12:30PM EST. ORR will discuss the
importance of policies and practices that are being used by agencies and
community-based organizations across the country to equip refugee parents and
children with the income, tools, and skills needed to improve economic
- Catholic Charities USA 2015 Annual Gathering will take place September 10-12, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. This year's annual celebration provides an opportunity to share programmatic best practices.
- Growing Up in America: The Extent and Impacts of Discrimination on Young Children from Immigrant Families, a free webinar from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), will take place September 11 at 12PM EST. MPI will explore the educational, psychological, and social impact of discrimination on immigrant-origin children from birth to age 10.
- The 2015 ISPCAN European Regional Conference, “Collaborative Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect - Cross-Sectorial Prevention and Intervention”, will take place September 27, 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. It is expected to attract approximately 500-700 delegates, with a major focus on attracting professionals from a multitude of disciplines, including health, law, psychology, social services, and education as well as government and non-government services.
- The Justice for Immigrants (JFI) National Convening on Immigration will take place November 11-13, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be the keynote speaker.
- Save the date! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). Please save the date for a one-day symposium and evening celebration scheduled for November 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.
- The 2015 National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC) will take place December 12-15 in Brooklyn, New York. NIIC 2015 will build on 7 years of partnership and innovation in shaping immigrant inclusion and integration in America and serve as a collaborative table where policy, business, nonprofit, labor, academic, faith, community, and philanthropic sectors build solutions together.
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
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.