International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Youth Summer Academy 2012

For the 13th consecutive year, the IRC in New York’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) opened its doors to 130 eager students hailing from countries such as Guinea, Nepal and Tibet. Housed at Murry Bergtraum High School in downtown Manhattan, this year’s RYSA will be running from July 9th to August 17th.


For 6 consecutive weeks, over 75 individuals made up of IRC staff, experienced and professional teachers, peer counselors and volunteers, will prepare these students to succeed in New York City Schools through a rigorous yet supportive and creative learning community.  Although some students may have had the privilege of a formal education before coming to the United States, others have never attended school before; for many RYSA will be their first experience in an American school setting.  

When asked what she hopes student will get out of this unique experience, Refugee Youth Program Manager, Sara Rowbottom explained, “my goal is that students leave the Summer Academy confident in their ability to succeed and excited to go to school in September. I also hope that each student graduates knowing they belong to the IRC family, which will be there to support, guide, and encourage them throughout their education in the United States.” And so the new journey begins …