Updated: Feb 20
Seattle Mongolian Youth Center is partnering with Rapid Resource Fund to convey long term bridges between Mongolian immigrant low income families and their children with local education communities.
Goal of the Project
Through our engagement with Mongolian children and their parents, we discovered that Mongolian parents participation is low at school activities and feel uncomfortable to reach out to school educators for assistance due to:
Limited proficiency in English
Lack of understanding of the U.S education systems
Lack of resources such as home computer
Lack of Mongolian culture awareness in school educators
Parents involvement is critical in children’s academic and behavioral performance and currently there is clear lack of understanding and connection between Mongolian low income immigrant families and U.S. educators. U.S. Education System Resources to Mongolian Parents Program purpose is provide awareness and guidance on Mongolian and U.S. education and cultural systems, provide clarity on their differences and help to build better connection between Mongolian parents with educators in Washington State.
To increase cultural awareness and increased community engagement, our non-profit organize several events every year. Through our relentless effort and the impact we bring to Mongolian families living in Washington state, we gained recognition in the Mongolian community and formed groups of volunteers and supporters through our current programs offered to Mongolian Children. We are a grassroot organization supported by mostly women volunteers hoping to improve quality of their children’s life and prepare them for brighter future.
To implement U.S. Education system Resources to Mongolian Parents Program, we will be mobilizing the caring power of these community members and leaders to plan and implement this grant. We will engage with existing community members and support groups through:
Parents/mothers of existing youth programs
Announcement to Mongolian community email list
To deepen our engagement to a new community we will:
Announce on Facebook groups
Announce during Mongolian cultural events
U.S. Education system Resources to Mongolian Parents Program aligns with Road Map Project initiatives in many levels:
Our initiative is system-wide as we are targeting to establish foundational guidance and connection between Mongolian parents and U.S educators
Our initiative’s process and outcome bring racial equity as it aims to bring socioeconomic equity to Mongolian children from cradle-through-college system-level.
Our program is one time initiative and it is foundational.
It is our first time applying for Road Map Project funding.
Our initiative is strategic in nature, we are will build partnership with local educators to introduce our Mongolian community group, as well as challenges that our community currently faces, and work together on strengthening the social and emotional learning of our youngest learners in our community.
American classrooms have become increasingly diverse. There are about 3000 Mongolian immigrants in Washington State. Many Mongolian immigrant families live in the Seattle area interested in better understanding of U.S school systems so that they can effectively engage in their children's education and local community networks.
Many of the Mongolian families have similar strengths with the other diverse immigrant families. They are more likely to have two parents, with at least one working parent, and often have strong community connections. In addition, Mongolian families have a strong desire for their children to be successful in school and in life and ethic of hard work to get ahead. Mongolian immigrants, just like any other refugee/immigrant groups have demonstrated greater resilience in overcoming obstacles to come to the United State. Yet with all these strengths, Mongolian children and families frequently struggle in their new communities. Some may have limited education or non-transferable job skills and so are unable to find sufficient work to adequately support their families. Others maybe undocumented families or parents who fear exportation, a significant stressor that keep them from higher-paying jobs or receiving health care, or prevent their children from seeking higher education. Still, others may be a highly educated professionals who are unable to find comparable positions in their new communities. Many families have also experienced separation for extended periods as children are sent ahead to live with relatives, or parent emigrate first in order to establish a life before sending for their families. There is the stress of dislocation to a new environment and culture. After arrival, many Mongolian immigrants face the challenge of adapting to a new culture and learning new rules and roles. They experience conflict between generations as children and youth often acculturate more quickly than their parents. Many parents experience the stress of not being able to speak the language, with adult and child role reversal when children learn English more quickly and need to act as interpreters.
Working with Mongolian cultural brokers and interpreters to develop trust within the community
• Collaborating with an extended network of trusted professionals in community agencies to provide services and education to families
• Helping parents to understand that their children’s participation in the program’s offerings helps them succeed in school.
Create an education resources both in print and online resource of addressing main areas that can help immigrant parents as
Difference in Mongolian and U.S Expectation of students
Difference in Mongolian and U.S. curriculums
U.S Teaching strategies
Difference in U.S. Grades
Expectation of Parents
Parent Teacher communication
Parents rights and responsibilities
Parents supporting their children at home
Create an online database with all Seattle school’s