What's New

September 2017


  • September is National School Success Month! Check out BRYCS' highlighted resource lists for schools to help set you and your students up for success this school year.
  • September 5th is the International Day of Charity! In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations, the United Nation's General Assembly designated the 5th of September, the ‎anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity. The UN urges all to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
  • September 15-24th is National Welcoming Week! Come together with refugees, immigrants, and your community to host an event and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.
  • New Promising Practice! Your Life.Your Story: Latino Youth Summit & RHYME, programs from Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, work to increase resilience, identity-development, and self-mastery in Latino adolescents, with the aim of reducing and/or preventing depressive symptoms and preparing youth to succeed in spite of life challenges. 
  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, "Laughter and Trauma" discussing the important role laughter can play in helping clients heal from trauma and join the discussion on evaluating school transcripts.
  • Coming soon! The third installment of BRYCS Parenting Handbook series, Raising Teens in a New County: A Guide for the Whole Family, was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S., and for the service providers working with them. Topics include belonging/cultural identity, discipline, bullying, dating, school engagement and more! Stay tuned for more information!


  • Journey to Resettlement: Refugee Experiences in Countries of Asylum, a BRYCS webinar, will take place September 6, 2017 @1PM EST. If you encounter refugee families and children in your community, you may wonder what their lives were like just prior to arriving in the United States. What is it like to go to school in a refugee camp? How do urban refugees find work or medical care? What does the typical daily routine look like? Join us for an opportunity to learn about these experiences from two former refugees, Paw Ku from Burma and Suhad Khudhair from Iraq, as they give us a glimpse into their stories of migration.  REGISTER TODAY!
  • Evaluation Skills for Sharing Successful Immigration Stories, an E-learning course from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), will take place September 7, 2017 and October 4, 2017. The course contains vital information of interest to executive directors and program directors providing immigration legal services in addition to funders interested in supporting immigration.
  • The 14th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, will take place September 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the Migration Policy Institute, and Georgetown University Law Center, this event will offer timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on immigration. Experts will examine sweeping changes to enforcement at the border and in the U.S. interior, legal challenges to executive orders, changes to refugee resettlement, and possible reform of the legal immigration system, among other topics.
  • The 2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference will take place October 11-13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The primary purpose of the conference is to advance the goals of CMS's Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to study, document and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being.
  • In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls Conference will take place on October 11-13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The conference will focus on: understanding the root causes of trauma and discovering new pathways to well-being; exploring diverse and innovative ways to support health, economic security and civic engagement for girls; and catalyzing and strengthening the justice reform for girls' movement.
  • The 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, will take place October 19-21, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference offers speakers and participants numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy. The conference features nine specialty tracks, including six practice group topics, as well as the three tiers of mental health services. BRYCS network may be particularly interested in the Cultural Responsiveness and Equity track which includes a presentation on "Welcoming Newcomers: Responding to Trauma, Acculturation, and Reunification in Recent Immigrant Youth".
  • The National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 10-12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will address the most relevant topics in integration through program tracks and plenaries and will bring together the nation's best and brightest practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to strategize about immigrant integration and refugee resettlement.    
  • The Chadwick's Center 32nd Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment will take place January 28-February 2, 2018 in San Diego, California. The conference is intended for professionals working with families experiencing child maltreatment, trauma and violence. BRYCS network may be particularly interested in the Cultural Perspectives track.

Call for Papers

  • The Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network is calling for  submissions for their Discussion Series on Disrupted Education in the Lives of Refugee Children and Youth that address the most significant impacts of disrupted education on refugee children and solutions to address them. The submission deadline is October 15, 2017.
  • The 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for research  benefiting children, youth, and their families. Special topic tracks include, youth and young adults, child welfare, and more. The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.
  • Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.
  • Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
  • Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return
    migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.


  • Safe Places to Play Grant, from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the game from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. A letter of interest is due September 29, 2017.
  • The Captain Planet Foundation Grants support programs that provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth and serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools. Programs should inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Applications are due September 30, 2017.
  • Disney's Friends for Change Grants, award $500 grants to young change makers, ages 5-18, who are working to makes their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. Application are due September 30, 2017.
  • The Project Learning Tree Grant offers funding to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Applications are due September 30, 2017.
  • Grants for Grades K-5, from the Toshiba America Foundation, help support teachers' ideas for innovative hands-on projects for their classrooms and students. Projects must improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics. Applications are due October 1, 2017.
  • The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant supports the following types of organizations and programs: cultural and performing arts programs; schools; hospitals; educational and skills training programs; programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations. Applications are due November 10, 2017.
  • Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12), from the National Science Foundation, supports projects and research that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. Applications are due November 14, 2017.
  • The Gerber Foundation's Research Grant supports research proposals that focus on infants and young children with priority given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age. The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within our defined focus area. Concept papers are due December 1, 2017.
  • Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
  • Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Haawiyat features well-known Syrian folk tales illustrated in a variety of kid-friendly styles. The stories in the comic were created in conjunction with mental health professionals and are intended intended to deliver some measure of solace or narrative stability in their current situations. An English translation is also available.
  • Nita Goes to Hospital tells the story of  Nita, who breaks her leg and must go to the hospital to be taken care of. The book is designed to help young readers understand what to expect from unfamiliar and potentially daunting scenarios such as having an operation or starting a new school. It is also is dual-lanugage and is available in many language combinations. 
  • Bully, a comic book from Sauti Yetu, features Eddie, the Bully, and Sam, the Bullied. The book shows what Sam, and other kids like him,  can do to stop a bullying situation.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

  • A Child is a Child: Protecting Children on the Move from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation, a UNICEF report, shows how the lack of safe and legal pathways for refugee and migrant children feeds a booming market for human smuggling and puts them at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. Building on recent UNICEF policy proposals, it sets out ways that governments can better protect these vulnerable children.
  • Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives, a free online course from Coursera, covers how trauma can affect children and the systems they depend on, and how research is being applied in the real world through interventions that promote resilience. Participants can engage in discussions with others who are working with children at risk around the world.

Early Childhood

  • Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors Curriculum, from Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, promotes school readiness, family well-being, and advocacy by addressing best practices in brain development, key aspects of early childhood development (cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional), early literacy, numeracy, bilingualism, health, attendance, civic engagement, parent leadership, goal setting, and planning for family success. A supplemental video demonstrates and provides insight for parents on how to communicate with their young children on topics that are particularly difficult to tackle. It models interactions between parent and child and shows them how to respond and comfort a child who faces the stress of bullying, and potential family separation. The video is available with subtitles in English and Spanish for bilingual and hearing impaired families.


  • "Pathways to Educational Success Among Refugees: Connecting Locally and Globally Situated Resources", a study from the American Educational Research Journal, identifies pathways to educational success among refugees. Analysis examines the nature and content of student identified supports and their perceived influence on access and persistence in school, as well as the mediating role of technology. (Description from source)
  • "Implementing Trauma Interventions in Schools: Addressing the Immigrant and Refugee Experience", a chapter from Health Disparities Among Under-served Populations: Implications for Research, Policy and Praxis, discusses the promise of and challenges to providing effective and culturally responsive trauma-focused mental health services to immigrant and refugee youth and their families within school settings.
  • Cyber Civility Curriculum, from the World Organization for Resoruce Development and Education (WORDE), aims to help teachers to guide students on using social media and other digital media in a responsible, respectful manner. The curriculum includes a teacher's manual and a complementary multimedia PowerPoint presentation for each chapter, designed to inform students of potential threats associated with online activity and to promote help-seeking behaviors to mitigate the threat of intimidation, harassment or abuse. 
  • 50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners includes practical strategies aligned to TESOL standards. Each strategy includes a brief explanation, step-by-step instructions on how to plan and use the strategy, and classroom scenarios demonstrating how the strategy can be adapted for different grade levels and content areas.


Health/Mental Health

  • Mental Health Interpretation: Program Structures and Funding Challenges, a webinar from Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services (GCJFS), provides an overview of three different program structures and approaches to providing interpretation, discusses effective sourcing and training for mental health interpreters, and identifies common challenges to identifying and accessing funding interpretation for mental health. A corresponding information guide is also available.

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