The night will begin with a short clip of CBS's "Hidden Heroes" highlighting PAIR after school programs at Jane Long Academy. Audience members will then be given the opportunity to hear from local refugee students enrolled in PAIR's after-school mentoring program. Following a short intermission, the crowd will view two short film documentaries that chronicle the lives of refugee youth and their families from around the world who are now settled across the U.S.
In "Starting Again: Stories of Refugee Youth" the featured students speak candidly about the situations that brought their families here, their initial resettlement experience, and ongoing challenges as their families adjust to life in the United States. They also discuss their hopes and their excitement about opportunities that have been presented to them.
"The Resettled" reveals the challenges of the refugee experience and the consequences of resettling in a foreign land, while inspiring us to offer newcomers our support. This short film takes us to Detroit, San Francisco, Boise, Twin Falls, and New York, to introduce refugees resettled from Iraq, Burma, Vietnam, Congo, and Liberia.
This thought evoking evening brings together those in our community who seek to understand refugee stories and are curious about the programs in local Houston communities that bolster refugee success in America.