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LIT shines at GenR Summer Party

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Every summer, like-minded young professionals in New York City gather to support the IRC's local, national, and international work at the GenR Summer Party. GenR is a community of young and engaged leaders and professionals who are passionate about refugee welfare and families in crisis. Chapters are localized across the U.S.

Djely and Rosalie celebrating after Djely's moving speech at GenR's Summer Party in New York City. Photo: Kathryn Hoven/IRC.

Held in Tribeca on July 17th this year, the New York City GenR chapter's summer party featured spoken word poetry, speakers, and a live auction to benefit the IRC's New York Resettlement Office. The well-attended event celebrated the achievements of IRC clients and programs while reflecting on the increasingly challenging environment for refugees, asylum-seekers, and displaced populations across the globe.

The New York Resettlement Office was particularly proud of the Summer Party this year as Djely, a vibrant member of the IRC in NY's community, spoke about his experience with the IRC's youth programs to a crowded room of supporters.

Originally from Guinea, Djely arrived in New York City when he was 11 years old. He has been a sunny presence in the IRC in NY's youth programs ever since, participating in the Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) and Leaders in Training (LIT) programs. Ambitious and warm, Djely is starting college at NYU this fall on a full scholarship. NYU first appealed to Djely following an LIT college visit to NYU's campus. His interests in international business, economics, and policy may sound like a lot, as he'll tell you himself, but they speak to the undaunted personality that shined through in his speech to GenR.

Djely also thanked "Miss Rosalie," the New York Resettlement Office's dedicated Youth Education Coordinator who works with LITs year round. LITs work on college applications, career research, civic engagement and academic performance as a group of refugee, asylee, and immigrant high school juniors and seniors. LITs also serve as Peer Mentors for younger youth program participants, and Djely was a beloved leader as an LIT. The IRC in NY is very excited to see Djely use his leadership skills at NYU, and is immensely proud of both his achievements and his goals.

Rosalie and the youth program are looking to grow career day visits in New York this year, as LIT interests span many fields including cybersecurity, dentistry, orthodontia, social work, nursing, teaching, advocacy, and international business. If you would like to connect for a career day opportunity, please email Rosalie.Arndt [at] rescue.org.

If you would like to support LITs and the IRC in NY’s youth programming, please click here.