This summer, the IRC in New Jersey welcomed over 80 children for the Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA). Children from ages 5-17, quickly made new friends and learned new things in the classroom. RYSA teachers and volunteers assessed students' academic and linguistic skills and introduced them to skill-building activities.
The RYSA team of 27, of mostly volunteers, is made up of ESL teachers, classroom volunteers, activity facilitators, interns, and IRC staff, who are collaborating to make RYSA a stable, safe, and enriching learning space.
Some program highlights included a visit to the Liberty Science Center and a performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The Liberty Science Center was a fantastic trip! Students were excited to visit and learn about the various exhibits, with such experiences as watching Tamarin monkeys play and participating in the outdoor Wildlife Challenge. During the NJSO performance, students heard the story of the Ugly Duckling through words and music. A petting zoo was also provided, where students had the opportunity to touch and play a variety of traditional and non-traditional instruments.
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