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.
Moravia Park Elementary School
Moravia Park Elementary School is currently RYP’s largest site, with 55 pre-K through 5th grade students attending this after-school program to receive snacks, homework help, extra English lessons, and community arts integration. RYP students are given safe transportation home each day and go on 1-2 cultural field trips each semester. The majority of the students at this site come from Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea, and DR Congo.
Patterson High School
RYP’s after-school program at Patterson brings together refugee high school students from across the city of Baltimore. Youth work with volunteer tutors to complete homework assignments, finish school projects, or practice English. In 2014, students also had the option of attending a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Nursing program. This site primarily serves Bhutanese, Iraqi, Eritrean, and Congolese students who are in the 9th to 12th grades.
Catonsville Middle & High
RYP recently started after-school programming in the Catonsville area to support the academic and social development of students from Myanmar. In the past six years, more than 1,400 refugees from Burma have been resettled in Baltimore County, many of whom are youth from the Chin ethnic minority. RYP provides snacks, tutoring support, recreation opportunities, field trips and community arts lessons to middle and high school students at this site.
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RYP prepares young refugees not only to live in the Baltimore City area, but anywhere in the U.S. They learn lessons and values to help them grow and adapt to any environment as sound human beings.Saran