The Aurora Public Schools Welcome Center (APSWC) strives to make the transition for new immigrant and refugee students to Aurora Public Schools (APS) as comfortable and successful as possible. The APSWC was established in 2015 with the goals of assisting refugee and immigrant students and their families with adjusting to APS schools and increasing the academic success of refugee and immigrant students through targeted programming. The APSWC is privileged to work with the diverse students comprising the APS population, who speak over 130 different languages.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GROUPS
In collaboration with Asian Pacific Development Center and Aurora Mental Health, the APS Welcome Center is running 8 different Student Engagement Groups for immigrant and refugee students in 7 different APS schools. This group supports students coming from different countries with their adjustment to a new school environment. Students engage in activities about diversity and culture, make connections to how life was different and similar back in their home countries, and explore other questions of friendships and support systems. We are pleased to partner with Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC) and Aurora Mental Health to be able to engage our students in this work!
Parenting Workshop 2019
Newcomer families came together to learn more about parenting strategies and expectations in the United States. The attendees had the opportunity to participate in various workshops and ask questions related to parenting. Thank you to DAVA for taking care of the students and to all of our wonderful volunteers whose hard work made this workshop a success!
The college awareness workshop is an annual opportunity for immigrant and refugee students to learn the particulars necessary for gaining acceptance to post-secondary education and receiving financial support. It also provides the opportunity for students and their families to ask questions of guidance counselors and school staff. This year, we also had the opportunity to recognize students exhibiting the practices and work habits required for college.
Amazon Holiday Giveaway
Thanks to a generous partnership with Amazon, the APS Welcome Center was able to give books, toys, games, and household items to newcomer Aurora families.