Our youth members are made up of largely Congolese immigrant and refugees. We serve 2 categories of refugees, those who were born outside of camp, and those who were born inside the camp. Both groups are tackled with different challenges when they are put into the American school system and culture. Lack of English skills, culture competency, and the inability to advocate for themselves often leaves refugee youth vulnerable to lack of motivation to be intentionally involved in their educational development. At CYC we believe education is essential for refugee youth success and their community's development. Therefore, we are truly committed to our youth's educational development and success at the secondary school level and beyond.
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Serve the community.
Educate the next generation.
Provide EQUITABLE solutions and opportunities.
WHAT WE DO
We provide equitable solutions and opportunities for high school students by assisting and supporting students in their high school journey and through college preparation.
Our goal is to equip Congolese high school students in the Greater Des Moines Area with the tools/resources needed to succeed in secondary school and beyond and we do this by providing workshop sessions and trainings on FAFSA, College Prep: ACTs, SATs, College entrance essays, etc.
Visiting campus, is an important of the college experience. It allows the individual to experience the school, the people who are there, and the actual learning environment on campus. We provide campus visits because it helps our youth visualize their existence on those campus, letting them know that it is a space they belong in too.
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Enrichment Workshops & Trainings
Provide workshops and trainings on topics such as:
Mind, body, and Spiritual Wellness
Mental Health Wellness
Community Service and Leadership
Workshops and trainings are lead by the program coordinators, Director, experts and volunteers with sufficient/lived knowledge on topic of presentation.
At Congolese Youth Connect, we believe that when educators/community, parents and the youth work together in their educational journey, they are able to achieve much and succeed in their goals.
To achieve the youth's goal it is imperative for everyone involved to step up and show up.