Ruffing Montessori

Ruffing Montessori

Our students Neema and Mohammed had an opportunity to share their refugee journey and challenges with the student at Montessori elementary school in Cleveland Heights. We continues to encourage, empower and create spaces for our youths to tell their refugees stories because they're very powerful and teaches us how to be grateful. Neema and Mohammed were welcome by a group of 7th & 8th graders who were very excited to hear their stories and how they are overcoming the culture barrier here in America. The students at Montessori were very respectful, they shared their homemade lunch and asked our students so many questions regarding their experiences as refugees. Our students were very thankful to be able to attend Ruffing Montessori's Culture Dialogue and look forward going back to engage in…
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Harvard University Tour

Harvard University Tour

"Education is the most important weapon that can be used to change the world" Nelson Mandela. This summer a group of refugee students had a chance to visit one of the best universities in the world through the support from Neighborhood Connection Grant that we received in spring of 2019. Among the student that attended were Joanna, Aakriti, Jonas, Sifa, Lucia and Esther. All these students who participated on the trip to Harvard University have big goals to help their community by doing that, they want to challenge themselves by attending some of the prestigious universities in the nation despite their refugee backgrounds. our organization is built on the foundation of education for every youth in the immigrant community. We continue to create opportunities that help enhance our youths to…
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2019 Refugee Miss Cleveland

2019 Refugee Miss Cleveland

Every year, our organization brings different refugee communities together to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures surrounding us. In alignment with our mission, we find ways to connect with youths from different backgrounds that share common values like unity and togetherness. Aakriti Biswa our 2019 Miss Cleveland is originally from Nepal but came to the United State as a refugee 7years ago with her family. She is currently a junior at John Marshal High school and a 2019 Unicef summit recipient who is very excited to be part of this year. Aakriti is passionate about helping others in various ways that she can. She has a strong belief in education and she believes that with her platform here in America, she can help kids in her native country achieve higher…
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2018 Refugees Cookout with Cops

2018 Refugees Cookout with Cops

When it comes to our safety, their are always there to protect us regardless of the languange barrier. This summer we had an opportunity to partner with Cleveland Police Department and Metro West Community Development in bringing the event in our own neighborhood where the majority of our refugee population reside. We had over 12 police officers from Second District and approximately 150 participant of whom 100 where refugees kids and youths. with a kickoff of to a soccer game, our two Nepal team played against each other to entertain the audience but also for fun as the majority of our refugee kids love football "soccer". Officers were very engaged in all activities such as playing soccer, dancing and running around with the kids to ensure that the kids felt…
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2018 Unicef Student Summit

2018 Unicef Student Summit

on March 9th, 2018, Our youths had an opportunity to attend the national Unicef Student Summit in Washington DC. Our youths were able to share their own refugee story with peers, create professional network and learn more about the work of Unicef and how students can help raise awareness in their communities and schools.  Shekinah Kidjana: Shekinah was born in the Democratic republic of Congo but soon left for Malawi with her family because of war and violence. Shekinah is currently a junior at  Lincoln West High School where she is hoping to graduate in 2020 then attend College to pursue her degree in nursing. Mary Irakoze: Mary was born and grew up in South Africa were her parents resettled as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The family…
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Community Champion Award

Community Champion Award

On February 01.2018, APC was recognized for it amazing work  in the Refugee community by Metro West Community Development Cooperation, The city of Cleveland and The State of Ohio. The award was presented by Councilman Matt Zone of ward 15 and was received by our Founder Mr. Mayele and Victoire. The event was to honor all community leaders that are doing amazing work within their communities and empowering citizens.  Among the guest were members of Cleveland City Council such as, Council President Kevin Kelly of ward 13, Matt Zone of ward 15 , newly elected Councilwoman Jasmin Santana of ward 15, Kerry McCormarck of ward 3, Anthony Brancatelli of ward 12, chief commander of the second district police station and many community members as well as peers.
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1st Annual APC & Friends end of the year party

1st Annual APC & Friends end of the year party

As stated in our mission to engage, we continue to engage our refugee youths in activities and event that not only will encourage them to move beyond their ability but also to compete in high environments. Awards were also given to three individuals that had been advocating for refugee throughout the year 2017.  Our winners were (1)Former Councilman Brian Cummins who's council office helped a lot with funds for various activities for the kids during summer season. (2) Vicky McGaw who also helped financially and more especially with with raising 70 bikes during the Sumer for our community kids. (3) Esther Ngemba, she has been speaking our in various event and being the voice for refugees even further taking action by traveling to DC to advocate for refugees entry. We…
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Great bikes giveaway

Great bikes giveaway

In collaboration with MHCUCC, kids that participated in our tutoring program and others in the community were able to receive bikes with elements. Due to the lack of transportation for many of our youths, our leaders reached out to MHCUCC's Pastor Vicki to start a campaign/drive for used bikes both in church and in the communities. In the less than a week, we received 70 bikes some that were brand new and repaired but all in excellent condition and ready to be used. On July 30th, the MHCUCC truck delivered the bikes at W 65th Recreation Center were kids were gathered with joy waiting to receive their newly transportation.  we are very thankful for the partnership and collaboration with MHCUCC as an institution and all the members that continue to…
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Ohio State University/College of Pharmacy trip

Ohio State University/College of Pharmacy trip

High school students interested in medical field had an opportunity to participate in the spring career exploration day at the Ohio State University. for sure the interest in doing medical for few kids disappeared because they thought it's something that you can simply get by with but also it was exciting for those who knew from the first place that this was their career. As a leader, it's my obligation to expose different career path to our youths. Many of our youths/students don't know what they want to do yet career wise and it's because they haven't been exposed or have someone to  show them that they have the capability of doing in this country and that is where my role comes in. said "Mayele" we have to understand that…
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Global Cleveland

Global Cleveland

our youths had an opportunity to participate in the end of the year event of  Global Cleveland. this was a huge opportunity for these kids to get out of their comforts zone to celebrate the world cultural heritage with different cultures within our city (216). we had an amazing time, this is what our community needs, an event that brings all kind of people from different backgrounds and religion together to celebrate as brothers and sisters. thanks CLE
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