After-School Education

Mission

The Amaanah After School Program provides academic and social development for refugee students through tutoring, homework assistance and project based learning.

Vision

Amaanah will provide the best educational program for refugee students fostering a safe and dynamic environment where students can excel academically and socially.

Background

Refugee children experience the upheaval of war, food insecurity, persecution, and loss. After years spent in refugee camps, families are resettled in countries where the society, language and culture are completely different. Youth, in particular, are prone to low self-esteem and behavioral problems that stem from not knowing the English language. While in refugee camps, children may not encounter formal schooling or interrupt their studies as a result of their plight. Thus, once in the US, refugee children find themselves academically behind their American peers and are more susceptible to discrimination and exclusion.


WHAT WE OFFER

 

1. CURRENT PROGRAMS

Ranchester Fall 2013 After School Program

Address: 10333 Harwin Dr, Suite 430, Houston 77036

Date: September 18 – December 12

Time:  5:00PM – 7:30PM, Monday-Thursday

Serving: Middle school refugee children

This program serves the refugee youth on Ranchester Drive. It provides project-based learning as well as homework & school tutoring. Special cohorts forms to work on unique projects. Cohorts include 8th grade enrichment group, newcomers and more. Workshops and guest speakers are an integral part of the program.

 

Clients Served:

Grade Levels: 6th-8th Grade

Number of students: 30-40 students

Nationality: Burmese, Nepali, Congolese

 

Program Content:

  • Homework help
  • Academic tutoring (Math and Reading)
  • Project-based learning
  • Access to career options and community via guest speakers
  • Technology incorporated into the curriculum
  • Enrichment activities
  • Field Trips

 

If you are interested in volunteering at this program please email marketa@refugeelink.com

Walnut Bend Elementary Fall 2013 After School Program

Address: Walnut Bend Elementary School,

10620 Briar Forest Dr,  Houston, TX 77042

Date: September 18 – December 12

Time:  2:45PM – 5:50PM, Monday-Thursday

Serving: Elementary school refugee children

At Amaanah we constantly monitor and evaluate our services and programs. In Spring of 2013 we ended our after school program at Crescent Oaks in response to the declining refugee population there. We have relocated the program to Walnut Bend Elementary School where a high number of refugee children attend. This program will start in mid September 2013 and will be coordinated through a partnership with the school leadership to provide additional extra-curricular activities. These activities will benefit the refugees in raising their self-esteem, enhancing their ESL-levels, and acclimating to the new country and culture.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at this program please email marketa@refugeelink.com

 

2. PAST PROGRAMS

Summer Camps 2012 and 2013

Summer is in the air and children of all ages and backgrounds are ready to have some fun! But some are not as fortunate as others. Refugee children in Houston often experience very limited access to extracurricular activities. Children are often at home alone or asked to care for younger siblings.

 

Amaanah Refugee Services offers a free summer camp for all refugee children living in the Ranchester neighborhood. This program runs from June to the beginning of August and provides students with enrichment courses taught by qualified professionals, community volunteers and visiting artists.

 

Knowing that our students worked hard during the school year, we provide an exciting program that enables the youth to come back to school refreshed. To prevent academic backsliding we also offer activities where students acquire new skills while having fun with their friends.

 

Program content:

 

  • Creative projects (Photography class, Cooking Class)
  • Art Projects
  • Movie and Reading Club
  • Field Trips (Children’s museum, Library, Zoo, Sky High)
  • Guest speakers (Musicians, Community Cloth, Warriors of the Wild, Crime Stoppers, Houston Public Library)
  • Theater Club (role play/skits)

Crescent Oaks After School Program, Fall 2011 - Spring 2013

Amaanah After School Programming started with a program in Fall 2011 at Crescent Oaks Apartment complex. A lot of refugees were being resettled in this complex. Amaanah Refugee Services rented one of the apartments and turned it into an after school program. The easy access for the refugee children and the community became a great advantage to this program. Colorful classrooms were equipped with computers, books, and plenty of school supplies. Here the children engaged in various extracurricular activities and ate healthy snacks. Our teachers were well-educated and enthusiastic individuals who contributed a wealth of experience to make our program a great success.

 

Clients served:

Grade Levels: 1st – 6th grade

Number of students: 30 students were enrolled during both academic years.

Nationality: Iraqi, Burmese, Congolese, Sudanese, Rwandan, Malian, Somali, and Eritrean

Days: Monday – Thursday

 

Program content:

·         Homework  help

·         Academic tutoring (incl. DynEd, ESL computer-based program)

·         Enrichment (Guest speakers, arts & crafts Projects, presentation projects)

·         Field trips (e.g. ROCKET basketball game)

·         Reading club