May / 30 / 2018
Projects Showcase Young Women as Leaders

Several PAIR high school students presented their Pangea Take Action Challenge projects to their citywide Pangea peers and sponsors last month at the Federal Reserve. The projects culminated a year of work that began last summer in the Pangea Network's Young Women's Leadership Conference. With help from their Pangea coach, PAIR staff, and mentors, they created student clubs focused on issues they care about, using their leade rship skills to create change in their communities.  

Aline and Fatmata were among the students. Aline, a student at Wisdom High School, launched "Rise and Shine," bringing together African refugee students from across Houston to share their cultures and welcome new refugee families to the city. 
Driven by her interest in health issues, Fatmata, a Westbury High School junior, formed a club to raise awareness about cancer.

Following their presentations, students heard from a speaker at the Federal Reserve Bank Houston branch and took a tour of the building.

Another group o f young women from PAIR will participate in the Pangea Network program again this summer.
In This Issue
Community Shoutout!

Thank you to Krystal Nelson and IImpakt for donating caps and gowns for PAIR's high school seniors! Our students had fun taking graduation pictures in a professional photo shoot. They appreciate the photographers, hairstylists and make-up artists who gave their time and services to make this a special experience: Manifest Ent ., I Imagine Beyond, and LAMIK.
World Refugee Day - June 20th, 2018

This year's World Refugee Day theme, "Houston 4 Refugees", will include a panel of experts speaking about the global refugee crisis and responses locally by agencies, schools, faith partners, and businesses that support refugees, as well as changes in U.S. policy over the last year and ways for the community to support refugee resettlement.  Join PAIR at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in celebration of refugees.
Advocate NOW!

The U.S. administration has engaged in systematic attacks against refugees, and we're already seeing the painful human impact of these attacks. The historically low cap on refugee admissions, multiple refugee bans, and efforts to halt family reunification are hurting our families and our communities. We support refugee resettlement, oppose the refugee bans, and want to welcome each and every one of the 45,000 refugees we promised to resettle this year. (By mid-May, just 13,000 had been resettled.)

Tell your Senators and member of Congress to oppose the administration's multiple refugee bans and all-time low cap on refugee admissions. A letter is available here. Or call your elected representatives   or visit their local office  when they're in town during the summer.
For the latest news on refugees locally and nationally, follow the Texas Refugee Action & Involvement Network  on Facebook.