Attendees Lunch on Facts 3/13/17 03/13/17 10:44:46 AM
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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Alana Schriver (left) and Elizabeth Ajongo give a primer on immigrants and refugees at the Youth Impact! of Douglas County’s quarterly Brown Bagger meeting on March 2 at the Civic Center.
Attendees Lunch on Facts
Brown Baggers have been going on for more than two decades as a means of sharing information with “anyone with a stake in positive outcomes for children and families in Douglas County.” All are invited to attend, free of charge. Some may even earn CLEs.
Alana Schriver, MPH, Refugee Specialist at Omaha Public Schools and Elizabeth Ajongo, Refugee Juvenile Advocate Program Coordinator at Heartland Family Services shared information on how OPS and the juvenile justice system accommodate the challenges and needs of youth with immigrant and refugee status.
They defined the difference between a refugee and an immigrant and noted that those populations comprise 5.5 percent of the Omaha population. They noted that refugees are subject to exhaustive vetting. “The vast majority of them do very well here.” But life can be hard. They often need to learn the language, the culture and the laws, get a job and a place to live, and pay back the airfare lent to them to get here by the government. People from Burma are the No. 1 population being resettled here right now. Immigrants speak more than 120 primary languages, so the need for translators is enormous. The speakers described the many services and programs available to these people, especially for parents and children, in particular those in the juvenile justice system.
The next three Brown Baggers are set for June 1, September 7 and November 30.
Visit http://operationyouthsuccess.org/youth-impact/ for more information.