The RYP is a joint program of Baltimore City Community College and the International Rescue Committee.
The RYP is fully grant-funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s School Impact Grant. This grant is distributed and monitored by the Maryland Office for Refugee and Asylees which provides support and services to refugees to ease their transition into American society, and serves as a resource to the governor and general assembly on refugee and immigrant policy.
The RYP currently serves more than 300 refugees between the ages of 4 and 21 from over 17 countries.
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A refugee is someone who:
“owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”
- The 1951 Refugee Convention.
Congratulations to our RYP Volunteers:
Amy Pucino was presented one of five Compassionate Marylander Award by Gov. Martin O’Malley. She has been a dedicated individual mentor for an Iraqi family for more than 3 years. She continues to go above and beyond RYP’s expectations.
All 2011 RYP Volunteers received a 2012 Governor’s Service Awards. Last year, more than 290 volunteers spent 7,106 hours assisting newly arrived refugee youth in the Baltimore area.
JHU’s student-led Refugee Action Project (RAP) were presented the the Center for Social Concern’s Student Leadership Award for their work with the RYP! Since 2006, the members of the RAP group have spent more than 3,000 hours tutoring and mentoring at our after-school programs.
Do you work with a refugee or asylee who would benefit by having a one-on-one tutor or mentor and is in 5th-12th grade?
Refer the student to the RYP so a volunteer can meet with him or her 2 hours per week through RYP's Individual Mentoring Component.