MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

Keywords

refugee, youth, adolescent, peer, mentoring, integration, acculturation, host community

Abstract

This paper explores the refugee resettlement experience of refugee youth ages 10 to 24 as well as the role that host community peers can play in easing the integration process, helping refugee youth become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Host community peers, despite playing a crucial role in the integration of refugee youth, are often overlooked and not involved in this acculturation process. Given this, the author proposes a pilot project framework to create a peer-to-peer mentoring program that connects refugee youth with their local peers to facilitate a process in which all participating youth build skills through intercultural interaction and leadership opportunities.

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