BRYCS What’s New Updates for May 2021



  • Refugee Admissions goal raised to 62.5k! Refugee Council USA has compiled a short social media toolkit to celebrate the news! #RestoringWelcome
  • May is National Foster Care Month! The USCCB/MRS Foster Care team is honored to have the opportunity to work with an incredible Foster Care network that is dedicated to finding safe and loving homes for unaccompanied migrant youth. Through this last year, the network has navigated many changes, while always leaning into its strengths and collective knowledge. Follow the Justice of Immigrants (JFI) Facebook and Twitter pages to see the Foster Care Month social media campaign and check out the new resource and training page on BRYCS. This training page will allow foster parents to access and complete USCCB/MRS trainings.
  • HAVE YOU / DO YOU WORK WITH THE MAYA FROM GUATEMALA OR MEXICO? Ten years ago, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) and the Maya Heritage Community Project at Kennesaw State University (KSU) collaborated to create the Maya Toolkit for Medical Providers. The Toolkit creation involved dozens of key Maya participants from various language groups, without whose help the project would not have been possible. The Toolkit aims to help medical providers identify health care barriers and create resources to bridge the gap.We are now interested in finding out who has used the Toolkit, how useful it is, and how we might update and improve it. To that end, BRYCS and KSU have developed a short online survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. If you have worked with Maya and either used or not used the Toolkit before, please help by telling us about your experiences with the Toolkit or your initial impressions of the Toolkit.  
  • Vaccines and Ramadan, from the The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM), is a series of videos and other resources about Ramadan and COVID-19 vaccines featuring faith leaders addressing potential questions or concerns from members of Muslim communities.
  • Youth Mentoring, a program of Refugee Services of Texas-Austin, aims to coach and empower refugee youth, age 15-24, to reach their personal, professional, and education goals via one-on-one relationships with a community volunteer mentor.


  • Managing Your Biases Live Stream Course, from the Florida Center from Cultural Competence, Inc., will take place May 3, 2021 at 3-5PM EDT. Laugh, uncover unconscious thoughts about others, and recognize the human tendency to divide the world into “us” and “them” and devalue “them”.
  • CWLA 2021 Virtual Conference: Lessons Learned from 2020: Reaching New Heights for Children and Families, will take place May 4-6, 2021. The conference schedule and sessions will be published online soon.
  • Welcoming Interactive, Welcoming America’s annual conference, will take place virtually May 5-6, 2021. The focus of this year’s event will be on inclusion best practices, with applications in emergency management and preparedness, community building, and immigration.
  • Anti-Trafficking Webinar: SOAR to Health and Wellness, a free two-hour training, hosted by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Administration for Children and Families’ Office on Trafficking in Persons, and the HHS Office on Women’s Health, will take place May 19, 2021 at 1PM ET. The training aims to teach providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, social workers, public health professionals, and health education specialists.
  • Save the date! The 2021 National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC)will take place October 2-8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NIIC is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S. and plays a central role in the powerful, diverse and broad immigrant and refugee rights and integration field.


  • Barclay-Giel Seed Grants, from the The Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) for the Advancement of Public Health, seek to support community-based public health programs. Past grantees include migrant- and refugee-serving organizations. Apply by May 15, 2021.
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has announced funding opportunities for five discretionary grants.
    • The Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program will fund grantees to assist refugee participants in qualifying for licenses and certifications required for employment in certain fields. Apply by June 1, 2021.
    • The Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development (RFCCMED) Program will fund grantees to provide refugee participants with training and technical assistance in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy so they can navigate the child care licensing process and prepare their homes for child care business operation. Apply by June 1, 2021.
    • The Refugee Microenterprise Development (MED) Program will fund grantees to assist refugee participants in establishing microenterprise businesses by providing technical assistance on grants and loans, maintaining a revolving loan fund, and providing credit builder loans. Apply by June 7, 2021.
    • The Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program will fund grantees to establish and manage IDAs for low-income refugee participants who will open and contribute to IDAs for specific goals. Apply by June 18, 2021.
    • The Preferred Communities (PC) Program will fund grantees to support the resettlement of especially vulnerable refugees in preferred locations through services such as intensive case management. Apply by June 18, 2021.
  • As a way to augment your agency’s funding, try reaching out to local and national organizations for resources and donations that help your agency’s goals in serving the refugee population. Some resources to locate local foundations with grant opportunities: Community Foundations Locator, Foundation Center’s free online Foundation Directory, and United Way Worldwide.


For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story tells the story of a young girl in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. This website also contains free printables such as Arabic letter coloring sheets. Recommended for grades 1-7. (Description from source)
  • Ramadan In The Classroom & At Home Learn, a blog post from Language Lizard, includes a lesson plan, story book, information on food and arts and crafts, and more!
  • CCC – Change the Conversation Challenge!, a project of the global campaign “Shaping Narratives on Migrants and Migration” of the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth, will award young leaders and youth-led organizations to share their experience/ ideas on how to reshape narratives on migration, fighting stereotypes and xenophobia. The first prize is $500USD and the deadline is May 10th, 2021.

General Cultural Competency & Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • UNPROTECTED: Chin IDPs in Chin and Rakhine States, Myanmar/Burma from the Chin Association of Maryland, outlines the context of persecution against Chins in southern Chin State and Rakhine State in Myanmar/Burma. It especially focuses on the threats to their security and poor humanitarian conditions resulting from the ongoing violence. It also describes how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Description from source)
  • Building Effective Migration Management Capacity in Mexico and Central America, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), examines migration management in Mexico and Central America, and the growing government attention to migration functions, enhanced immigration enforcement, increased investments in asylum systems and existing protection frameworks, as well as labor migration policies. (Description from source)

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Family Strengthening


Health/Mental Health


  • Toolkit for Building Survivor-Informed Organizations, a toolkit from the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, aims to support anti-trafficking organizations, coalitions, task forces, volunteer programs, and other organizations who support those impacted by human trafficking.

Program Development