WRAP’s mission is to empower Burmese refugees towards sustainable self-reliance and what better way to do this than to develop a program for the Burmese children. While families that have resettled here in Worcester span all ages, among the most vulnerable are the children. Refugee children arrive in the United States with little to no English and as such are tasked with overcoming the language barrier before being able to learn the core components of education. In addition to the language barrier, refugee children are faced with the challenges of assimilating into a new culture and are forced to take on adult responsibilities at home. Refugee children are also just that – children. They are developmentally at a stage where cultivating a sense of self and establishing a moral compass is critical. Our experiences as children help to shape our future, making it even more important to have programs available for refugee children here in Worcester.
Children’s Group is a program initiative created for children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old. The goal of the program is to offer a safe place for children to gather on Saturday mornings where they can participate in various community based activities, including trips to local museums, soccer programs with Worcester schools and group visits to science fairs hosted by neighboring universities. The program seeks to foster friendship, creativity and adventure while also sparking interests in future career goals. From team-building games to arts and craft projects to at-home science experiments, our program tests the skills and knowledge of its participants. Through all of these programs, we hope to build a sense of wonder within the children and to help guide them towards positive futures.
Our program meets most Saturdays at WRAP’s headquarters, located at 340 Main St., Suite 205, Worcester, MA 01608, from 10 am to 12 pm. If you are interested in volunteering with us, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.