Recently, USCRI Vermont hosted its free annual summer camp for youths of refugee and recent migrant families.
This year, 12 young clients of USCRI Vermont joined CEDO Americorps staff members Saylia Moo and Elizabeth at Generator in Burlington, Vermont, to see STEM concepts in action. Generator is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. They provide tools, expertise, education, and opportunity to enable all members of the community to create, collaborate, and to make their ideas reality.
Generator’s AmeriCorps Outreach Associate, Jon Weisbecker, led a marble coaster workshop exploring how makers prototype, collaborate and fabricate ideas into reality. By the end of their time, students’ minds were racing as fast as the marble coasters. One student said, “This was awesome! I really want to come back here and create a portable weightlifting system. When can we come back?” The excited reactions were widespread as other children expressed their hopes to return to use the woodshop and laser cutter down the road. Generator is looking forward to expanding programming to serve refugee and recent immigrant families.
Programs like this are part of USCRI Vermont’s continuous efforts to support the uprooted population in their journey towards rebuilding their lives in a new community. They have services like Reception and Placement, Matching Grant and the Wilson/Fish program. As a whole, USCRI is committed to helping immigrants and refugees break social, cultural and economic barriers in order to create sound foundations for a prosperous and happy new life.
To learn more about USCRI Vermont’s work in the community, visit their page!