Refugee youth explore visual art, pushing their boundaries.

ASTEP provides enriching arts education classes and workshops through the Refugee Youth Program (RYP) at the International Rescue Committee. Our programs not allow refugee youth to build confidence and a capacity for self-expression, but also break down the barriers they face by improving their English language skills, academic abilities, social and emotional behaviors, and community ties—abilities they require to create a new life for themselves in their new home. In addition, our volunteer artists serve as trusted adult role models, mentors, and educators who guide refugee youth in making healthy decisions about their futures.

We’d love to share photos from the fall 2011 visual art classes, including some of their collages and individual student photography. Creativity and energy abounds!