Project:BRIDGES is a student group that provides a framework for cross-cultural exchanges between students, refugees, and immigrants that can lead to reciprocal opportunities for education and training. After completing training, students are matched with a newcomer individual, family or group to offer assistance in areas encompassing legal, psychosocial, health, economic, linguistic issues, and/or other areas related to the practical aspects of daily life.
Project:BRIDGES’ vision is to improve the health and well-being of refugees and immigrants through connections with local communities. Their mission is to provide a framework for community connectedness through cross-cultural exchanges between students, refugees, and immigrants that will lead to reciprocal opportunities for education and training.
The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health’s Community Health Initiative piloted this new student group in the spring of 2012. Composed of students from across the University (undergraduate and graduate), the project is a newly registered official student organization.
Pairs of student volunteers commit to a two-hour visit with their newcomer partner once a week for each semester. During each visit, students will work with newcomers in developing the skills necessary for adjustment to their new home, and newcomers will help students better understand their native culture as well as their process of acculturation in Nashville.
Applications for Fall 2014 are now available.
If you would like further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project:BRIDGES New Member Orientation
Orientation is required for new members.
Project:BRIDGES General Body Meetings
Project:BRIDGES members must attend at least 3 meetings. Meetings TBD.
Download the handbook: P:B Volunteer Manual
Multilingual Resources for Students/Families:
- Refugee Health Information Network
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: Health, Family Strengthening, Financial Literacy
- Health Information Translations
- Vocabulary picture guides for hotel housekeeping and other employment resources from Higher Advantage
- Genki English
- Dave’s ESL Cafe
- Teach ESL
- Adult Education ESL Teacher’s Guide
- Simply Good Eating for English Language Learners
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (where children can receive books via mail)
Additional Resources for Students/Families:
- Alignment Nashville’s Refugee and Immigrant Support Services Committee Resource Guide (Nashville-specific resources for refugee and immigrant families)
- Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (searchable clearinghouse of resources)
- HIAS Life Skills Resources for Pre-Literate Populations
- Series of 6 videos on Money and Banking (Belmont University, SIFE; English, Kirundi, Somali, Swahili)
- Immigrant Child Health Toolkit
Resources for Understanding Refugees:
- Refugees 101
- Tennessee Office for Refugees
- Next Door Neighbors video series
- Bhutanese Cultural Backgrounder
- Burmese Cultural Backgrounder
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For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org