In 2003, the Refugee Youth Project began providing after-school support to 12 children at one site in Baltimore City. Since then, RYP has expanded its programming locations to meet the needs of resettled students across Baltimore City and in Baltimore County. Our programs typically reach over 300 students each year through a combination of after-school, community arts, and summer school activities.
During the school year, we provide enriching and academic after-school services to students in grades Pre-K through 12th across Baltimore City. Our programs vary depending on the needs of students at our sites. At all of our after-school programs, students can expect to receive homework help, additional English language lessons from certified English as a Second Language teachers, as well as time to build stronger relationships with peers under the guidance of trained and qualified teachers, volunteers, and staff.
We work with teaching artists who provide art classes during our after-school and summer school programs as well as organize special events in the community. Art serves as a tool to enhance instruction for English Language Learners by giving students a means to build confidence in themselves and their ability to communicate their ideas in a supportive and relaxed environment. Our students also gain new skills and appreciations for art from various perspectives.
Summer is an integral time to prevent learning loss for English Language Learners. Since 2012, Refugee Youth Project has partnered with Soccer Without Borders Maryland, Baltimore City Community College, and other community partners to host educational and enriching summer activities for refugee youth and other humanitarian migrants.
We host two summer academies: one for rising Kindergarten through 8th-grade students in Northeast Baltimore, and an international summer institute for rising 10th-12th grade students in central Baltimore. The summer institute also can offer non-credit enrichment opportunities to youth up to age 21 if they are not enrolled in school.
We provide two types of mentoring services: youth mentoring and college prep. Our youth mentoring program matches refugee and asylee youth with caring adults to serve as guides and resource for youth integrating to a new culture. College JUMP connects near-peer mentors with high school students to assist them through the college search and application process. To learn more about youth mentoring, click here. To learn about College JUMP, click here.