PAIR is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing refugee youth in Houston, TX. PAIR connects young refugees with college and community volunteers in educational and mentoring programs that assist young refugees in navigating American society, reaching their academic potential, and becoming community leaders.
Their participants come from all over the world, recently from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Congo, and more than 20 other nations. They meet the international and U.S. definition of "refugee"--a person unable to return to his home because of a "well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.” They are resettled in Houston by the Department of Health and Human Services.
PAIR mentors provide academic and cultural enrichment, as well as the resources and motivation to pursue higher education and other post-high school opportunities. At the same time, PAIR provides its volunteers with leadership opportunities and experiences that increase their understanding of global issues and their ability to work with diverse cultures.
PAIR is committed to welcoming young newcomers into their city and providing them with the support they need to succeed in school and become self-sufficient, engaged members of the community.
PAIR's mission is to empower refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders.
They achieve their mission through a variety of educational mentoring programs.
In achieving its mission, PAIR also provides a substantial benefit to its volunteers who increase their leadership and communication skills and their understanding of diverse cultures.
By developing the potential within each student, Houston's refugee youth will become positively adjusted, self sufficient, engaged members of their community.
At the core of PAIR's efforts is the resolution to bridge the educational gap and foster economic mobility. For many of their students, arrival in the U.S. has created the new and unexpected possibility of receiving secondary education and higher education. PAIR's work aims to assist refugee youth in taking full advantage of this opportunity and to allow these motivated students to pursue an educational path that will further improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
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