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Celebrating International Day of the Girl with a Virtual Art Show
In honor of International Day of the Girl, the IRC in Los Angeles is excited to share the artwork and stories of girls in our Unaccompanied Children program through a virtual 'art show'. The girls, who participated in our Summer Arts and Wellness program, have created self portraits, artwork, and stories to share their dreams and hopes for the future - which are just as big and beautiful as you might expect!
How the IRC is empowering immigrants to gain self-sufficiency through financial literacy
After fleeing persecution in his home country, one political asylee explains how the IRC's Financial Capability program has helped him gain the financial knowledge he needs to not only survive, but thrive, in his new community.
This new US citizen's story is a reminder of what it means to truly be American
Clemencia Morales, who received her citizenship with the help of IRC's citizenship class program, embodies everything it means to truly be American. Her selflessness, compassion, and desire to give back to the community that welcomed her (by handing out over 5,000 homemade face masks to those in need), is an American ideal we can all agree on.
Register to Vote Here!
1 in 10 eligible voters are new Americans! The IRC is here to support with voter education to support naturalized citizens and eligible voters. If you are not eligible to vote, do not register to vote as it will have consequences on your immigration status. If you are not yet a U.S. citizen, contact the IRC's immigration services by calling or texting (408) 472-3675.
How the IRC is helping unaccompanied children find their footing in LA
An asylum seeker from El Salvador shares his experience migrating to the US, and how the IRC's Unaccompanied Children Program has helped him navigate the difficulties of resettling in a new city. “I think it’s great that an organization like IRC exists to support young people who are migrants like me.”
Stronger together: navigating the pandemic with connectivity
In the first of our 'Staff Spotlight Series', meet Rachel Tang, IRC-LA's Census Outreach Coordinator.
Providing financial stability through microloans
The IRC in LA is helping refugees and migrants climb the 'credit building ladder' through a new micro-loan program, thanks to the partnership and support of Citi Community Development. The new program has been especially helpful in offering 'emergency grants' and 'resilience loans' to those affected by COVID-19.
Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Intern (Remote)
The Center for Economic Opportunity helps low to moderate income (LMI) immigrants to the US build their knowledge on how to budget, save and access credit, while learning the intricacies of the US Financial system and developing long term financial skills for financial success. As part of the Integration Program in IRC Los Angeles, the CEO is implementing a new tool to connect immigrants to safe, secure trustworthy products to empower their success in the United States. The CEO Intern will work with the CEO Coordinator and the Integration Manager in deploying and expanding the work of the IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity through a variety of outreach activities as well as close one-on-one work with clients.
Preparing first time voters at the IRC in LA
With new voter guides, the IRC in LA's citizenship class instructors help students feel confident in casting their first ballots as US citizens. As of March 2020, all classes have moved online.
Census 2020: How the IRC in LA is making sure refugees count
The IRC is ensuring that everyone counts for the upcoming 2020 Census, despite new difficulties due to COVID-19.