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YMCA of Lansing Receives Grant for Refugee Acculturation Program

Friday, June 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release


Anne Brand


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YMCA of Lansing Receives Grant for Refugee Acculturation Program

Lansing, MI – The YMCA of Lansing has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation to fund its Refugee Family Strengthening and Parenting Skills Program, which will serve refugee families relocated to the Lansing area. 

The 12-week-long curriculum will teach families the skills necessary to strengthen bonds and improve communication between family members, and teach parents to advocate for their children.  Families will learn American cultural norms that help adults obtain jobs and thrive in their new community, including: appropriate conflict resolution, discipline, hygiene, and embracing one’s own culture. Structured programs for school-age children will be provided along with child care for infants and toddlers.

There are nearly 400 to 700 refugees who relocate to the Greater Lansing area each year, with limited resources available to help with acculturation.  Lansing is a popular destination for many refugees because of the area’s low cost of living, availability of public transportation, and the diversity in its current population.

According to Kelly King, Executive Director of the Downtown YMCA, the Y began working with refugee youth over a year ago, meeting weekly to provide team-building activities that help build communication skills across cultural groups.

“The impact that this program has had on the kids encouraged us to expand programming and assist refugee families in addition to the children.  Thanks to the generosity of CRCF, we will be able to provide an all-encompassing program for refugee families that will help build the capacity to succeed in the Greater Lansing community,” said King.

The program will begin in mid-July, and will be held at the Downtown YMCA on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner and childcare will be provided.  Pre-registration for the program is required.

To find out more about the YMCA of Lansing, please go to


About the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing 

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing, and DeWitt. The YMCA employs nearly 500 individuals, and serves nearly 16,000 memberships throughout the community. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. and

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