Refugee Advocacy Project (RAP)

Refugee Advocacy Project (RAP)


Millions of people have fled their home country due to conflict or persecution. In these places their voice was largely suppressed. Along with this, many of these communities have been deeply divided along lines of identity. The suppression of their ideas, hopes and desires, combined with the social norms of identity-based communal, religious, and political division opens the door for highly conflicted and marginalized refugee communities.

Through the Refugee Advocacy Project (RAP), the problem of identity-based division, social, and civic engagement are thoroughly addressed in such a way as to help breakdown identity barriers and bring refugees into the arena of democratic understanding, civic engagement as well as communal leadership. The RAP works to equip refugees as leaders for peace and advocates for justice who will be able to speak not only to their own community but to traditional American communities as well.

GOALS

The RAP objectives seek to inspire and cultivate Burmese and Arabic speaking refugees to become leaders for peace and advocates for justice within their respective communities, city, and nation.

We then equip and collaborate with these leaders to develop their voice as advocates for and with their own communities. RAP has two main components: leadership development and community outreach.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The Leadership component focuses on equipping participants to interact with the local community and their local, state, and national representatives.

  1. Peacemaking and Leadership
  2. Civic Engagement and Advocacy
  3. Negotiation and problem solving
  4. Vision casting and Strategic thinking
  5. Storytelling and developing influence

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The community outreach component focuses on strategically mobilizing participants to engage their own community from a cultural and linguistic standpoint on the issues of advocacy as well as any community or cultural issues that a specific community may be facing.

  1. Developing community based initiatives
  2. Developing politically based initiatives
  3. Mentoring peers within the community