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

ASAP’s community engagement program is tasked with building our volunteer network in order to create new opportunities for the clients we serve. Our goal is to provide a space where asylum seekers can meet new people, build friendships, and grow their personal and professional networks. Social connection is essential to one's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Program activities include:

  • Community events hosted by ASAP and other organizations

  • ASAP's annual Thanksgiving Celebration

  • Opportunities to celebrate American holidays with ASAP volunteers

  • Outreach event participation

  • Participation in ASAP’s speakers bureau

Outreach: 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 may include elements of storytelling, dress up, language exchange, cultural exchange, arts & crafts, and movement-based activities. Educational events for older learners are designed to spark discussion regarding history, social studies, religion, political science, and the humanities. All events are co-facilitated by an ASAP staff member and an asylum seeker or asylee.

Reed Smith, LLP has made a generous contribution to ASAP’s 2018 educational funding in memory of Angela A. Holland.

advocacy

ASAP is committed to advocating at both the individual and structural levels to increase access to services, supports, 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.