LSS has been in the news this week in a big way, with front page coverage in today’s Florida Times-Union and premier placement in last night’s 11 p.m. broadcast of First Coast News! Both features highlighted our refugee student program and our campaign to raise gap funding to continue services through the remainder of 2016.
Refugee students arrive from war-torn countries not knowing the language or the culture. There are no school records and their parents don’t know how to fill out forms. The teenaged students have an unbelievably high risk of dropping out, if they have no help adjusting to school and learning the language.
LSS has been helping these kids since 2000. But we recently lost a long-time state funded grant to support this work. We have no hope of reclaiming the state funds until January 2017. Our 16 years of experience tell us that without support, many of the refugee teens will drop out of high school in those first four months.
That’s why we’ve launched this campaign to raise the funds we need to close the gap. Our first benchmark is to raise $50,000 by June 30. We’re about halfway there already, thanks to our wonderful supporters. Can you help? Visit //www.weunderstandjax.com to learn more.