The 2013 – 2014 school year has officially come to a close at REP, and we hope you will join us in celebrating some of the highlights of our year! First, we would like to congratulate our largest graduating class ever of 18 seniors. We are so proud of all of them for their hard work, perseverance, and their shiny new high school diplomas! Next, we would like to congratulate our graduating 8th grade, 5th grade, and Kindergarten students for completing milestones in their education; they all looked so grown up at their graduation ceremonies. Last, but definitely not least, we want to celebrate you, our dedicated volunteers and supporters who love and support the refugee community. Whether you know it or not, you are planting seeds of lasting impact in the lives of the students you serve. Thank you for your dedication; we could not do it without you!
As the celebrating continues, we must acknowledge how privileged we have been to expand the REP community to include partnerships such as the Roger’s Scholars at the Hutchinson School, who spent the year exploring leadership and confidence building with our middle school girls and put their experience to work with a team building experience at the Challenge in the Kroc Center. We are also happy to continue long-standing partnerships with dedicated groups like the Second Presbyterian Youth, who faithfully serve at our after school program on Mondays and Tuesdays in addition to additional programming and events. We are fortunate to have such talented and resourceful young people who are committed to seeing their refugee peers have the same educational, leadership, and character development opportunities that they have.
SUMMER 2014 kicks off with REP’s High School Leadership Team attending UYI’s “Road to Riches” Camp at For the Kingdom, where they will experience fun, leadership training, and opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. We are also excited to Partner with Rhodes College to introduce Art Camp, a new and innovative Program in the REP summer line-up starting on June 2nd. Be on the look-out for details on a student art exhibition in the beginning of July. REP summer programming runs through July 24, and our students return to school for the 2014-2015 school year on August 4th.
For the last 12 years, REP has served the refugee community, and we thank you for walking along side us to champion on their behalf. As more and more refugees arrive in our city, the need for a place like REP that builds bridges, celebrates diversity, and helps students and adults successfully integrate into their new lives in Memphis and their new schools/jobs continues to grow. We need you!For more information on how you can engage with REP, please contact us at www.REPmemphis.org.
At Refugee Empowerment Program, we delight in welcoming the “stranger” as Jesus taught us to do in Matthew 25:35. All of us have strangers that live among us and each of us has been a stranger at some time in our lives. Do you take the time to get to know the strangers in your neighborhood who may look, dress or speak differently than you do? You may be surprised to know that over 200 “strangers” immigrate to our city each year seeking refuge from war, poverty, and other desolate conditions in their homeland. Many of these have very little understanding of the American culture and need help acclimating to our city and to our culture.
Since 2002, REP has been helping to educate, equip, encourage and empower these survivors—both adults and youth–to rebuild their lives through our afterschool program, adult ESL classes, childcare, and community outreach programs. Through the relationships that are being developed and the skills learned in these programs, REP is not only breaking down the barriers that once separated us, but are also helping prepare the youth and adults to live successfully in their new home.
You can join us in showing Jesus’ love to our new neighbors by serving as after-school tutor, small group mentor, adult ESL instructor, pre-GED instructor or childcare assistant. We provide training and flexible commitments.
Contact us at RefugeeEmpowermentProgram@gmail.com or visit our website at www.REPmemphis.org.
1548 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 729-2931
Fax: (901) 729-2933