Our Community Partners
We reach out to refugee and immigrant youth by partnering with organizations that already offer a spectrum of other services to these communities. We engage with these partners in an effort to understand the special circumstances, needs, and creative interests of their clients, while we develop our art programs.
If you are an organization serving youth from refugee and immigrant communities, and you would be interested in bringing our creative art programs to your clients, please get in touch!
We are currently partnered with the following organizations:
The East Bay Refugee Forum was established in 1978 in response to a large influx of Southeast Asian refugees. EBRF is a coalition of over 30 agencies, organizations, advocates and community leaders serving refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa holders and others permanently displaced from their home countries by persecution, violence, or war who now seek refuge in the San Francisco East Bay. The Forum includes government agencies, resettlement and other non-profit organizations, community-based groups, members of the refugee community, and individual advocates.
CERI is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded in 2005 by a small group of bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals. It is dedicated to providing culturally competent mental health and other social services to refugee and immigrant families with multiple layers of complex needs, exposure to violence and trauma both in their current environment and in their native countries, and weakening intergenerational relationships. ARTogether offers various arts and crafts workshops for CERI’s client in Oakland, CA.
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors, and local volunteers to help them translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Oakland and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives. ARTogether is partnered with IRC and provides art workshop in their summer camps in Oakland, CA.
JFCS East Bay was founded in 1877 as the Daughters of Israel Relief Society, with a focus on helping vulnerable women, children, and community members. Early on in their history, they developed expertise in resettling refugees in the East Bay. In the mid-1990s, the agency—by this time named Jewish Family Services of the Greater East Bay—became independent from the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and began expanding our services. They developed extensive programs for young children and their parents, precipitating another name change to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay. In 2015, they changed their name once again to Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay. This organizations serves and supports Alameda and Contra Costa county residents of all ages, races, and religions.
The Flying Carpet Festival is a learning platform for artists and children, alike, to create a harmonious experience through music, light, beauty, and truth. The organization organizes festivals specializing in forward thinking design, music and art dedicated towards educating children who need it most. They've selected artists, musicians and visionaries from all over the world, with the common goal of creating the best possible musical educational experience for the locals, children and visitors of Mardin, Turkey.
Head Start & Early Head Start
The Head Start and Early Head Start program reaches over 900 families across Oakland and Concord every day. Head Start’s early child-development play-based curriculum is designed to meet each family where it’s at on the path to school readiness and meeting each child’s full potential. Head Start makes every effort to speak with children and their parents in their home language, and we offer services in at least eight languages.
Sirkhane Social Circus School helps restore confidence in refugee youth by teaching circus tricks in Mardin, Turkey. Their mission is to provide safe, friendly and embracing environment for children, who are effected by conflicts. Replace their damaged childhood with happiness and enrich the children’s imagination with colors of social circus pedagogy.
Sirkhane Social Circus School is carrying out activities in Turkey and Iraq. Children have opportunities to collaborate and form friendships with each other, beyond gender, social and cultural differences. In doing so, they manifest peace, harmony, open mindedness and cheerfulness in their local and global communities. Laughter is childhood, laughter is happiness.