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Refugee Education Q&A

Since 2000, English Language Learner (ELL), Immigrant, and Refugee K-12 enrollment has surged in the United States. At the same time, there is very little guidance offered to educators and families to effectively support these student populations. The Afghanistan crisis and global COVID-19 pandemic have only exacerbated these disparities.

Yet there’s an exception to this challenging paradigm. Fugees Family has 15 years of experience serving refugee and newcomer students in school settings with a model built on holistic English acquisition, integration of athletics for all, a trauma-informed approach to schooling, and year-round programming. Our academies in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, Ohio have enabled remarkable academic and life results for the young people we serve, and now we’re partnering with school districts to achieve widespread impact for advancing educational justice for ELL, Immigrant, and Refugee children.

Our new VideoAsk is a free resource for refugee educators and school leaders everywhere to learn from our model and team of experts. Ask us a question!


60,000 is the estimated number of Afghan refugees who are resettling in the U.S.—the largest influx of refugees from one ethnic group since Vietnam. At least a third are school-aged children.

Welcoming them is about more than providing shelter and food. It is about helping them find a sense of belonging and safety.

We have the power to make it a little easier for the thousands of Afghan children we are welcoming to safety. Fugees Family is ready to mobilize the kind of support that we KNOW can make a difference.

We’re offering to place full-time Fugees Corps Members—cultural brokers from our own Afghan-American alumni network, trained and supported by Fugees Family—into school districts to support new Afghan arrivals and deliver after-school programming like soccer and arts education grounded in the Fugees model.  

We need to invest in people—and we need your help.

It’s time to roll up your sleeves, to mobilize your friends, to stop thinking that the problem is too big for you to make an impact. Because it’s not.

We invite you to think of the gift you make today as an investment in the future of our country. This is the way we make things better, together. 

Donate now to maximize your impact and make Afghan Response a reality.

Want to learn more? Download the Afghan Response informational PDF now!