Help refugees in Utah receive continuing education for better outcomes!

February 28th, 2020|Action of the Day|0 Comments

Ask legislators on the Senate Workforce Development Committee to support HB 160 Refugee Continuing Education Program!

There are currently 60,000 refugees in Utah, thanks to compassionate programs helping people from around the world find safety after fleeing from threats of persecution and violence in their home countries. Education is vital to help refugees find good jobs, achieve stability and become part of the fabric of our communities. However, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, refugee children are five times more likely to not attend or have access to education, and only 22% of refugee adolescents attend secondary school. Completing high school in Utah can be a challenge for young adult refugees who have aged out of traditional high school programs. HB 160 Refugee Continuing Education Program by Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D-Holladay) would establish a refugee continuing education program to ensure that refugees who have aged out of traditional high school can receive education critical to long term success.

Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to ask legislators to vote YES on HB 160.

What would HB 160 Refugee Continuing Education Program do?

HB 160 directs the Department of Workforce Services to partner with local education agencies to establish a refugee continuing education program. This program will help refugees who no longer qualify for traditional high school and are between the ages of 18-23 earn a high school diploma. In addition, this program provides career pathway planning which will help participants successfully enter the workforce.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • HB 160 can help bridge the achievement gap by allowing young adult refugees who do not qualify for traditional high school to participate in a secondary education program.
  • Currently, only 1% of refugees attend university. Secondary education can pave the way to higher education and vocational training to improve career opportunities for refugees.
  • On average, refugees spend 20 years in exile. It is important to help refugees move past a survival framework by providing resources such as access to education.
  • Not only can education help refugees be successful in the workforce of their host country, it can also give them the tools to effect change in their communities.
  • Education can provide a place of safety and hope for refugees by allowing them to develop skills such as critical thinking skills and self reliance. Refugees can find their voice and place in the world, as well as build self esteem and confidence.
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