Expanding Educational Support for Refugee Youth
The IRC has been a longstanding partner with the Tukwila School District in serving school age refugee youth. However, this marks the first year where someone will serve in a dedicated role focused on strengthening IRC’s efforts to enhance educational outcomes for refugee youth in the district. The IRC is excited to both introduce this new role and welcome the new IRC-Tukwila School District liaison, Jenny Walden.
Jenny is currently a 2nd year Master’s in Social Work student at the University of Washington. She is joining the IRC team with a background in ELL education, programmatic leadership, and a commitment to economic and social justice. Most recently, as a practicum student with School’s Out Washington, she supported work around racial equity and advocacy, as well as developed a tool aiming to capture levels of social integration experienced by refugee students in the public school system. Her interest in educational equity and refugee youth experiences in schools brought her to the IRC where she is excited to serve in her liaison role. Jenny hopes to learn about all the wonderful work already being done in the Tukwila community and continue to identify what the IRC can do to support and build upon those systems.
During the year, Jenny will be orienting herself with the school district and the various community entities that support refugee youth. This will include both formal programs, such as afterschool tutoring, to more informal networks of peers, educators, and community members. If you are interested in collaborating or learning more about this new role please email her.