A refugee parent, confused with the American system of education and also getting acclimated with work and life responsibilities, sometimes finds himself/herself with lots of financial difficulties due to working low end jobs and the lack of a higher degree.
We are providing assistance not only during the settlement period but ongoing. The center is ensuring that as a community, refugees have a place to gather and interact.
Another child, living in a low income, single parent home, his mother or father originally from Africa, He is misunderstood, he doesn't feel he's being cared for, or that he is a priority on anyone's list. His mother or father works too much. He is basically raising himself and his younger siblings.
Thanks to a stronger support system, are being taught to pursue their dreams and work hard to achieve them. The adults who supervise the Yetu Academy also serve him as guidance counselors, sometimes even confidants who he can cry to, when frustrations kick in.
Aida, a Muslim refugee child gets her opportunity to come to America. She doesn't speak English and she is put through a program at her school. It's a cultural shock for her.
But the moment she arrives at the YETU Academy, this child says "I'm home."
Through the Academy, she finds pieces of her culture, reminders of her native land, and she hears music and plays instruments that bring her back to where he came from. For a few hours, she no longer is in the mainstream, but with other youth who understand her life, knowing that her culture matters and feels.
Yetu Academy boosted her a self esteem and she feels confident to go back to her school and proudly speak and teach about her cultural without fear or being intimidated.