Ready in 5 at the YMCA of Greater Omaha
Did you know that our community is home to the largest Sudanese population in the country as well as over 8,000 refugees from Burma? Refugees are people who have fled their home country due to persecution and many have lived in refugee camps an average of 15 years before receiving the chance to resettle in the United States. Omaha Public Schools students speak 120 different languages at home and the school district has experienced 124% growth in refugee students during the last seven years.
The Y’s Strong Communities Campaign helps fund our Ready in 5 Program, which helps those families assimilate into the public education system and also gives them the best chance for a successful future in their new home. This program gets the children ready to start school at the knowledge level of other children their age and teaches parents what to expect from a public school system in America. Over 300 children and parents are served annually through this program.
Our Ready in 5 program also offers opportunities for volunteering and collecting needed items. For more information, please contact Claire Herzog at 402-977-4298.