PRESS STATEMENT – LIRS Awarded $25,000 Opportunity for All Grant for “Empowering Refugee Youth” Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2018
BALTIMORE, MD – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 Opportunity for All grant from The Starbucks Foundation. These funds will support the “Empowering Refugee Youth” project, a program to provide refugee youth with professional career skills and opportunities to increase access to meaningful employment.
This program will provide career planning services, professional skills training, mentorships, and access to job opportunities for refugee youth aged 16 to 24 in Hyattsville, Silver Spring, and surrounding areas in the Maryland metro area outside of Washington, DC.
While newly resettled refugee families arrive in the U.S. with an eagerness to rebuild their lives, the resettlement process is unimaginably difficult, especially for children and youth. With limited funding, resettlement agencies invest their available resources in ensuring the employment of older adults and heads of household, enabling them to sufficiently support their families. Refugee youth are many times left without an adequate support system, making them vulnerable to the same challenges as other disadvantaged youth populations in America.
“This grant will allow us to continue our work of welcome and expand our support for refugee youth,’ said Pat Nichols, Interim President and CEO of LIRS. “We are grateful to The Starbucks Foundation for its continued support for refugees and its long-standing commitment to give back to the communities it serves.”
The Starbucks Foundation is also supporting similar programs to empower refugee youth in Atlanta, Houston and Brooklyn. Through these grants from The Starbucks Foundation, LIRS aims to directly impact over 130 refugee youth through the Empowering Refugee Youth program in these four regions.
Since 2016, the “Opportunity for All” grants from The Starbucks Foundation have supported organizations working to create and advance economic opportunities for youth, veterans and military families, and refugees. This year’s 47 grants to non-profit organizations range from $5,000 to $60,000 and support programs in 35 cities across the United States.
About Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through nearly 80 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.