Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003 by the Baltimore City Community College, the Refugee Youth Project (RYP) provides after-school and mentoring programs for 300 resettled refugee youth annually from nearly 20 different countries. The youth range in ages from pre-K through 12th grade. The goals of the Refugee Youth Project are to provide homework assistance and tutoring in a safe after-school space, improve English proficiency skills, reduce the high school drop-out rate among resettled refugee youth, and promote creative self-expression, cultural awareness, and empathy among youth from various national and ethnic backgrounds. In 2012, the RYP created a program called ArtWorks which teaches resettled refugee youth various arts and craft-making techniques as well as business skills for marketing and selling their products and educating the broader Baltimore community about resettled refugees.
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