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Our Why

Refugees and immigrants make America – and its future.

Refugees and immigrants are the fastest-growing population in American public schools. But too often, the U.S. school system sends a message to refugee and immigrant students that their experiences – and their identity – are what’s holding them back.

Globally, only 34% of refugee youth enroll in secondary education and only 5% go on to higher education. Nationwide, refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers.

Built by and for refugees, Fugees Family knows this needs to change. Our model is designed to meet the specific needs of American refugee and immigrant youth navigating a new culture and community. We’re on a mission to prove that being a refugee or immigrant isn’t something to be defined by, but something to be proud of.