In the last two years, more than 11,000 Central American Refugee Youth have arrived in Houston and even more in Los Angeles, all seeking asylum from their native Northern Triangle countries whose rates of homicides and impunity have made them the most violent among the world's country’s not in war.
These Central American Refugee Youth are:
- Traumatized and are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety as they find integration into their schools, communities, and families difficult.
- Without appropriate coping and conflict resolution skills, and are approaching crisis situations, with more than 60% showing signs of PTSD.
Together with World Vision, Urban Strategies is working to mobilize the faith community to intervene and support these youth and their families so that they may enjoy life at its fullest. Specifically, we are responding to this challenge by:
- Providing Central American Children and Families (CACF) with support in the form of tools and strategies to work through conflict
- Provide CACF opportunities that promote positive Cultural Integration and Civic Engagement
- Raise awareness within the Faith Community of the plight of the Northern Triangle and that of Central American Children and Families
- Mobilize the Faith Community to engage in meaningful relationships with Central American Children and Families
- Identify and promote collaboration among existing service providers, people of faith and faith-based organizations.