Each year, tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and persecution resettle in the United States, including the Bay Area. Resettlement means a fresh start and opportunity, especially for adolescent girls whose futures had been limited by a lack of access to education and opportunities and restrictive ideas about women. Here, these girls have the chance to improve themselves, their families, and their communities.
The Vision Project aims to empower refugee girls and change perceptions within their communities by providing girls with the skills and support they need to envision a positive future, and ultimately achieve their goals. The project runs three week-long workshops each year with resettled refugee girls, and each week culminates in a personal photoshoot for each girl where they embody their future selves. See all the photos on our Facebook page.
How to Help
The Vision Project is community-sustained, with financial and in-kind donations coming from local individuals, foundations, and businesses. Our goal is to secure as much support as possible in-kind. There are many ways you can contribute:
- Make a Gift: Help cover the costs of the program and give opportunity to a local refugee girl.
- Sponsor a Girl: Cover the IRC's full cost for one girl to go through the program ($1,500)
- Purchase a Photo: Buy an image to decorate your own wall or to be part of an IRC traveling showcase ($750)
- Be a Speaker: Attend the workshop to share your professional experiences and advice. Women only.
- Give In-Kind: Needs include Clipper cards, bus passes, lunch & snacks, and art supplies.
- Provide Space: Open the doors of your company or organization for the workshops or photoshoots.
For more on making a gift, sponsoring a girl, or purchasing a photo: Maggie.Berkemeyer [at] Rescue.org (subject: The%20Vision%20Project) .
For more on being a mentor, giving in-kind, or providing space: Emily.Jackson [at] Rescue.org (subject: The%20Vision%20Project) .