ASAP is my home away from home. The staff and volunteers feel like my family.
— Mr. A, Healthcare professional and Venezuelan asylum seeker

Community Engagement Services

Social connection is essential to one's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. ASAP’s Community Engagement program is dedicated to building our volunteer base to help our clients build and expand their personal and professional networks. Program activities include:

  • Community events including picnics, concerts, and community service opportunities

  • ASAP's annual Thanksgiving Celebration

  • Opportunities to experience American holidays with ASAP volunteers

  • Outreach event participation

  • Participation in ASAP’s speakers bureau

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

To engage the next generation of advocates, ASAP has created lesson plans for ages 5 and up to promote refugee awareness and encourage dialogue among families. Lessons for younger learners include elements of storytelling, dress up, language learning, cultural exchange, arts & crafts, and movement-based activities. Educational events for older learners are designed to spark discussion regarding history, social studies, political science, and the humanities. All events are co-facilitated by an ASAP staff member and an asylum seeker or asylee.

advocacy

ASAP is committed to advocating at both the individual and structural levels to increase access to services, support, and opportunities for asylum seekers and their families. ASAP works with a variety of stakeholders to offer policymakers greater insight into the asylum seeker experience. Our goal is to influence policy that more fully recognizes the rights of asylum seekers and to campaign for a fair and just asylum process.