Rocky Mountain Welcome Center

Coming to a new country with a new culture and language is hard. A welcoming hand can make the difference. Help Rocky Mountain Welcome Center contribute to inclusive communities- by ensuring that immigrants and refugees from all backgrounds are supported to navigate their new lives.

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Rocky Mountain Readers

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Children (3 -12 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Rocky Mountain Readers is a program for immigrant and refugee children (grade 1-6) that helps students who are behind in reading, reach grade-level expectations according to Colorado standards. This program provides students with 40 hours of tutoring, twice weekly for 2 hours during ten-week sessions. It is expected that students will gain a minimum of nine weeks of progress in reading per session of attendance. Each class provides instruction time and computer lab time to reinforce topics taught by our teachers. Learned concepts are reinforced through cutting-edge technology computer software, we use an award-winning series that strengthens the fundamental skills of Reading Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Phonics. Teachers use guided reading and different programs that provide animated reading with pronunciation and vocabulary support. In addition, books and worksheets with interactive components are used to supplement learning. To be able to measure advancement, RMR performs computerized pre and post-tests and also administers paper tests to identify specific areas of improvement for each child.

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Evidence of Program's Success

RMR has extraordinary results, surpassing the outcomes from the Bennie E. Goodwin After School Program (the program model RMR is based on) that stated that for those students who attended at least 90% of the time, 81% made measurable gains in academic achievement advancing at least 9 weeks in reading per session of attendance.
For 2019 (We could not offer RMR in 2020 due to COVID-19) one hundred percent of the children who completed 9 of 10 weeks of the RMR program demonstrated progress in increasing their reading levels. The spring 2019 class was delivered twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the summer program was compressed into 5 weeks 4X a week. For the spring program, the average growth in reading in the Gates McGinitie test was 7 months, while in the summer program the average growth was 3 months. One result worth mentioning is that children who were farther behind by grade level showed the largest growth levels a couple of them more than one year and 7 months of growth

Kindergarten Prep

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Children (3 -12 years)

Description

Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs have been proven to provide significant benefits for children and their readiness and success at school. This is even more important for immigrant and refugee children and their improvement of English-language proficiency, reading and math scores (Ward, LaChance and Adkins, 2011). However, data suggests that English Language Learners (ELL) and children of immigrants are less likely to participate in ECE opportunities having 43% of these children ages 3 to 5 staying at home under parental or family care (Mathews and Ewen, 2010). In addition, the decision about early childcare are based on culturally constructed views and beliefs that may not be addressed in the school structure. The RMWC Kindergarten Prep Program provides a culturally competent space for parents and children 3 to 5 years old, who are new to the cultural community to learn about the U.S. School system and prepare their preschool- aged children to enter Kindergarten with social-emotional skills, exposure to literacy, and other skills that prepare them to learn.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Specific program data collected for the Kindergarten Prep program includes attendance, direct observation, home visits, and parent interviews. Relevant data is collected weekly to assure progress on readiness indicators child according to the Kindergarten School Readiness Initiative Guidance (2017), prepared by the Colorado Department of Education. Children are assessed in the following domains: reading, writing and communicating, mathematics, physical well-being, and motor development, social and emotional development. Each class emphasized social-emotional learning, language and comprehension development. Results for the program showed improvement on readiness indicators of children that continuously attended classes. Also, anecdotal data is collected during home visits about changes parents observed from their children. Overall, children in the program demonstrated enthusiasm about learning activities and were excited to attend. Parents equally expressed their pleasure with the program during home visits, especially the socialization opportunity the program provided for their children. Many parents expressed a desire for more frequent programming during the week.

Girls Rule the World

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Females
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

Girls Rule the World is a new program developed for young immigrant women in high school who are navigating two cultures - their ethnic cultures at home with their parents and their American culture at school with their peers. The mission of Girls Rule the World is: embracing cultural identity to cultivate confidence, holistic health, and positive relationships among refugee and immigrant young women. This program incorporates the knowledge of ethnic communities in Colorado, pulling on the expertise of female leaders to build on these girls' understanding of mental health, nutrition, wellness, communication skills, cultural values, personal identities, and more. This program is currently conducted with small groups of 6-10 young women meeting weekly for 10 weeks. In May, we launched our first Latina group and are starting our first Ethiopian/African group in July. Each group is led by a professional female from the same cultural background as the participants and co-facilitated by graduate student interns.

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Evidence of Program's Success

When conducting trial focus groups with immigrant girls and leaders, all have praised this program and believe there is a strong need within their communities to empower young immigrant women. Those who participated in these groups felt that having discussions surrounding our topics of focus would be important to address given our current political climate toward many immigrant and refugee groups, and that building peer relationships would be especially helpful during COVID-19.

Halal Food Project

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

When COVID-19 hit Colorado, immigrants, refugees, and small businesses were among some of the most affected populations. Many families have been unable to afford meeting their basic needs, including refugee and immigrant communities who have been struggling to provide enough food for their families. Rocky Mountain Welcome Center started the Halal Food Project in collaboration with immigrant communities, also engaging refugee-owned and operated restaurants in order to deliver meals to communities in need that are consistent with cultural and religious guidelines. This project is being intentional in targeting underserved community members who are homebound, including single mothers with children who cannot leave their homes, disabled individuals, and older adults (60+).

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, Rocky Mountain Welcome Center served 34,857 refugees and immigrants who had insufficient access to nutritious, culturally appropriate foods. These projects also allowed us to support multiple local refugee-owned restaurants that have felt the economic impacts of the pandemic. In 2021 along with our community partners, we have been continuing to engage local restaurants in meeting the needs of hundreds of refugee and immigrant families in Aurora. Through our collaboration, this project has been delivering over 400 meals per week to refugee and immigrant families affected by COVID-19, with each restaurant providing over 100 meals every week.

Education Outreach

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Children (3 -12 years)

Description

Rocky Mountain Welcome Center's education and outreach programs include our kindergarten prep program, after-school tutoring, and book giveaway events. Kindergarten prep is designed for young immigrant and refugee children that are not attending any early childhood education program to prepare them for kindergarten, and due to COVID-19 we have made this curriculum available for refugee and immigrant parents on our website.
Online schooling has been implemented since the onset of the pandemic, which has made learning for young refugee children even more difficult, especially since many parents are not familiar with the U.S. school system or homework. Working with community partners and volunteers, we have been able to provide in-home tutoring to underserved refugee youth after schools to ensure their learning is supported.
With the help of donations and partners, RMWC has also been able to provide hundreds of books to refugee youth in hard to reach communities - including books for early learners, elementary school children, and adolescents.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Donors for our education outreach and learning programs have enabled us to regularly serve 452 children in refugee and immigrant neighborhoods in 2020. See attached photos to catch a glimpse of our education and outreach programs!

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