EDUCATION

We offer various classes and programs to help our refugee neighbors begin and continue down the long path of adapting to life in the United States. Most of our classes include a component of Bible education and/or the presentation of the gospel. Learn more about our programs for both adults and children below!

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English & Literacy

From ABC to GED, refugees have many language, literacy, and educational needs. Some refugees are looking to become just proficient enough in English to perform entry-level jobs or speak English with their children, while others would like to practice the profession they learned in their home country. Our English and literacy classes are offered at many proficiency levels, and we also offer a GED preparation course to help refugees pass the GED test and get their high school equivalent. Our classes are taught by a committed team of teachers and are meeting a widespread need among refugees. We have classes meeting every weekday, in the morning and afternoon, during the fall and spring semesters. We also offer childcare and preschool to our students’ children in order to better serve the entire family.

Citizenship

After 5 years in the USA, refugees are eligible to become citizens. While they are already legal, permanent residents in the US, many refugees want a place to call home after a lifetime of transition and uncertainty. We help teach US history and civics and help refugees learn to love and identify with their new country.

Kids Clubs

We offer tutoring programs for refugee children grades K to 8th. We help with all homework subjects as well as supplementing their reading and math. The children are also able to participate in various activities such as taekwondo, art, soccer, and dance. We also present the gospel story of redemption at every meeting.  Please fill out the volunteer application if you are interested in helping.

Preschool

We offer preschool classes (ages 3-4) during our adult ESL sessions for the children of both our refugee students and volunteers in order to help prepare them for kindergarten in American schools. We teach fine and gross motor skills, social skills, pre-reading and math skills, and of course, the gospel of Christ! If you’d like to help in the preschool class, please fill out the volunteer application. Classes are located in Garland, TX.

Reading Program

We hold a summer-long reading program for children, which began in 2013 to help them improve their English and reading skills. We will also use this opportunity to take them on field trips and teach them the gospel. We serve around 350 children every summer with help from short-term mission teams from across the United States.

Swim Lessons

While most refugees live at apartment complexes with swimming pools, most of them do not know how to swim. It is extremely important to teach children how to swim for their safety. We teach over 100 children swim lessons each summer, and the kids love it!

Newcomer Classes

Many refugee youth come to the US unprepared for the public school system. They have often suffered from a lack of formal education as they have fled from their home countries and are, therefore, at a significant disadvantage academically. We offer a summer-long, intensive English program to help these students get prepared for the school year.

Counseling Services

For the Nations employs a licensed play therapist to provide in-house sessions for students who need extra emotional and mental care.

Support Services

In addition to our programs, we have dedicated staff who help refugee children and families access additional support provided by school districts, healthcare systems, and social services.