What's New



July 2017
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, "Laughter and Trauma" that discusses the role laughter can play in helping clients heal from trauma.
  • New TA Question on BRYCS Blog! Join the discussion and help answer a question on resources for helping to explain child supervision to newly arrived refugees. 
  • New Promising Practice! BRYCS is please to highlight the Creatively Empowered Women (CEW) Design Studio. This Chicago-based art therapy social enterprise provides a welcoming space for newcomer women to sew, knit, and crochet, with a long-term goal of enhancing life skills and cultivating a sense of community. 
  • GOGO Charters announces a National Scholarship for Immigrants and Refugees! The CEO and founder, a former refugee, has created a $10,000 scholarship for refugee and immigrant students in the US. Students must have at least a 3.4 GPA and can apply online by July 5, 2017.
  • July 30th is the World Day against Trafficking in Persons! This day aims to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and is used to promote the need for their rights and lives to be protected. To learn more about human trafficking and USCCB/MRS' programs working to combat it, visit BRYCS highlighted resource list.
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EVENTS

  • The International Summer School in Forced Migration will take place July 2-14, 2017 in Oxford, England. The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced.
  • Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators will take place July 11-12, 2017. This free online workshop is for educators to encourage the progress of their immigrant students through interactive webinars, group activities and live exercises with experts. 
  • Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)'s 31st Annual Conference will take place July 16-19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. This year's theme is harnessing winds of change to support children and families and will feature presentations by leading experts in the field of child welfare.
  • National Partnership for Community Training is hosting a training series on Refugee Youth and Families. The webinar will focus on and define resilience as it relates to refugees, provide family and community based clinical interventions, and share how to incorporate resilience-based activities with refugee populations.  It will take place on July 19,2017 at 1PM ET and July 26,2017 at 1PM ET.

Call for Papers

  • 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.
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FUNDING

  • Grants from the Mazada Foundation support programs and organizations that work on: education and literacy; environmental conservation; cross-cultural understanding; social welfare; and scientific research. Applications are due by July 1, 2017.     
  • Voya Foundation Grants support programs that help create financially resilient youth. Additionally, the grants support programs that work to ensure that youth are equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) expertise. The deadline is rolling.
  • Youth Program Grants, from Kinder Morgan, support organizations that have one of the following programs: academic programs, including tutoring; arts education programs; environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. The deadline is rolling.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Resettlement Data Finder (RDF), from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), is a searchable online tool that shows data on UNHCR's resettlement program from 2003 through April 30, 2017. You can sort the data by submissions, departures, country of origin, country of asylum, and country of resettlement. This tool provides information on the number of refugees, families, and children that have been resettled or are seeking asylum around the world.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • The Skin You Live In delivers an important message about social acceptance. The book also discusses friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity, and illustrates a variety of children's activities across cultures. 
  • This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book about Children around the World takes readers around the world and explores the many different ways children get to their classrooms. 
  • I'm Your Neighbor is a collection of booklists aimed at building bridges between new arrivals and long-term communities. Books are searchable by age group, community represented, theme, and setting.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Combating Religious Discrimination Today: Final Report, from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), looks at how to protect people and places of worship from religion-based hate crimes; combating religious discrimination, including bullying, in education and employment; and addressing unlawful barriers that interfere with the construction of places of worship. The report is the result of an interagency community engagement initiative that focused on how the government and community members can work together to address this topic.
  • How Are Refugees Faring? Integration at U.S. and State Levels, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), analyzes census and administrative data to compare the state-level integration outcomes of five large refugee groups (Burmese, Cubans, Iraqis, Russians, and Vietnamese), including in terms of employment, income, education levels, English language proficiency, and public benefits usage. This report provides an up to date picture of how refugees are doing what organizations can do to help their progress.

Child Welfare/Families

Education

  • A How-to Guide for Teaching English Language Learners in the Primary Classroom focuses on the day-to-day challenges of working with ELLs. The book shows teachers how to get nonnative speakers in grades K-3 started on language acquisition and then demonstrates how to build an inclusive classroom community that encourages and supports the efforts of language learners.
  • Children's Literature about Refugees explores the ways teachers can use children's books about refugees in their classes. The book also offers concrete case studies and shows teachers how they can tackle this challenging topic.

Youth

  • Increasing Social Capital through Culturally Relevant Positive Youth Development (PYD), from the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Program, explains the basic concepts of social injustice, outlines the community capitals framework with a focus on social capital, and explores experiential activities and evaluation tools to measure the impacts of community and social capital as a conduit to social justice.
  • This is Me: Stories from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Young People, from the Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP), is the result of a project undertaken by the office to learn about the lives of young refugees and recent migrants. The office interviewed over 100 youth and asked about the positive things in their lives, the challenges they face and the services they find helpful. Their views and comments are provided in the report, which shows how children and youth from different cultural backgrounds bring rich experiences and ideas to communities.

Health/Mental Health

  • Alternative Therapeutic Approaches to Refugee Mental Health, a webinar from Refugee Services National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), provides an overview of alternative modalities to refugee mental health and identifies replicable tools and approaches organizations can use to integrate modalities into health and resettlement services. A supplemental information guide can be found here. This resource may be particularly interesting to those working to strengthen the entire family.
  • Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is designed to help high schools, school districts, and their partners design and implement strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among their students. The information and tools in this toolkit will help schools and their partners assess their ability to prevent suicide among students and respond to suicides that may occur and understand strategies that can help students who are at risk for suicide. 
  • Expressive Arts Therapies with Survivors of Torture, from HealTorture.org, promotes the use of expressive arts therapies, or those utilizing movement, art, dance, music, rhythm, drama, and/or poetry. The webinar also discusses scientific research backing the use of art therapy with torture survivors and includes a case example regarding the use of movement therapy. This is an emerging field that could potentially be of interest to those working with traumatized youth.

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

Anti-Trafficking 

  • SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams, from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), is a collection of resources that service providers may use to formalize, expand on, or evaluate their interagency responses. This toolkit can help organizations customize their outreach to victims and provide culturally specific services.

Program Development

  • The America I Believe In, from Amnesty International, is a collection of resources for individuals and organizations to use to respond to fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric inside your community. The suggestions in this toolkit can provide you with concrete ways to defend human rights.
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