CCA offers an After School Program to 30 refugee youth and their families at an elementary school in Clarkston, GA. The primary focus of the program is to develop the cultural concepts and skills these children need to successfully integrate into the classroom. Trained staff and volunteers provide homework help and facilitate activities in the classroom. CCA also invites community partners to provide “hands on” Enrichment Activities such as exposure to music, science, career options, and healthy living, among others. For clients indicating challenges understanding and navigating the U.S. school system, CCA staff connect parents to the school for parent-teacher conferences or provides specific information and training on school-related topics. CCA’s school services are focused on the philosophy that the more parents are involved in their child’s education, the more successful the child will be.
Refugee Youth After School Program
Catholic Charities Atlanta
CCA provides supportive services that enable families to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. Our organization has been providing schoolrelated services for refugee parents and youth for nearly fifteen years. In 2014, we created new after school programming for this population. Our project goals have remained the same since the program’s inception. Students will show improvement in English literacy, make new friends, and receive needed academic and social support to adjust to school. Parents will participate in school activities, understand how to contact administrators, schedule school meetings, and handle issues independently.
-Youth Mental Health First Aid -First Aid CPR AED -BRYCS-Raising Children in a new country handbook -Super You-Trauma Informed Care Orientation -The Georgia Afterschool and Youth Development (ASYD) -The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network
Groups Served by Program:
Newly arrived refugee students and their families.
Georgia Department of Human Services, Refugee Program Unit
Program Staffing and Training:
The Program Coordinator, Nasra Yonis, has led program services and worked in the classroom with students for more than 5 years. Additionally, Refugee Youth Education Specialist, Chelsea Driver, has worked in this program for 2 years and recently obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Policy, with a research focus in refugee education.
Expected outcomes include 85% of participants increasing their reading, oral, and literacy assessment scores. At least 70% of students will show improved academic performance, and 80% will advance to the next grade level at the end of the school year.
Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA) has demonstrated its ability to help students make progress through its After School Program outcomes. In 2020, CCA maintained a 96% attendance rate, and 100% of participating students were promoted to the next grade level. Additionally, 90% of students improved their reading ability and 96% of students improved their scores on our Literacy and Oral Assessment Tools.
Nasra Yonis 678-222-3958 Nyonis@ccatlanta.org https://www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org
The After School Program began in 2014 and is still in operating as of 2020.