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Supporting Newcomers

Supporting Newcomers

It is often said that the United States is a nation of newcomers. Typically characterized as individuals who were born in another country, millions of newcomers (also known as immigrants) have settled in the U.S. over the last several hundred years. Newco

It is often said that the United States is a nation of newcomers. Typically characterized as individuals who were born in another country, millions of newcomers (also known as immigrants) have settled in the U.S. over the last several hundred years. Newcomers come to the U.S. for a variety of reasons – as students, permanent residents, temporary workers or refugees. While collectively, all newcomers share the common bond of being born outside of the U.S., as individuals their goals, wants and needs are very diverse.

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  • 13%

    More that 13 percent of the U.S population (or 40 million people) is foreign born. The combined population share of foreign born individuals and their U.S.-born children is approximately 26 percent.

  • 1 in 4

    In the U.S., one in four kids under the age of six is a child of immigrants.

  • 19.5 million

    According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 19.5 million refugees in the world. Fifty-one percent of all refugees are children under the age of 18. Annually, the U.S. typically accepts less than three pe

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YMCA Welcoming Week

We believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. Welcoming Week celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace newcomer immigrants and their contributions to the social fabric of our country.

Ys across the country are planning virtual or physically-distanced events to help immigrant and U.S.-born neighbors connect and celebrate what unites us as a community. Contact your local Y to find out what Welcoming Week activities are happening near you.

Welcoming Week 2021 takes place September 10-19.

Welcoming Week is an initiative of Welcoming America and a proud expression of the Belonging Begins With Us campaign.

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Show Your Community Why You Welcome

During the month of September, take a moment to let all neighbors know that they are welcome and appreciated in your community by filling out one of the sign templates below. Take a photo with your sign and share it on social media using the hashtags #WelcomingWeek and #YforAll.

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Learn More About Y Immigrant Integration Services

The Y has a long history of serving immigrants and helping receiving communities to be prepared and welcoming for all. Through integration services such as job training, wellness programs or adult education classes like English as a Second Language, the Y empowers people to be self-reliant, connected and contributing members of their new communities. Click here to watch how the YMCA of Greater Houston helps immigrants—including vulnerable refugee populations—successfully transition into their new communities.

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How Do We Find Common Ground?

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Partnering for a More Cohesive Community

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Finding a Common Cause

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Asking the Questions that Matter

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Making an Impact

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Seeing Faces, Seeing Humanity

Newcomer Stories

Watch more Y stories

  • Selina's Newcomer Story

    Selina immigrated to the U.S. from China to provide her daughter Fiona with more opportunities. When she struggled with isolation, she turned to the Chinatown YMCA, where she found language and job assistance, enrichment activities, friendships and more. Now she and Fiona are thriving in their new community.

    Welcoming Week provides a chance to welcome newcomers like Selina and for U.S.-born neighbors to connect and celebrate what unites us as a community.

  • Welcoming Week at the YMCA

    Welcoming Week, an initiative of Y-USA's national partner Welcoming America, celebrates the growing movement of communities across the U.S. that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. During Welcoming Week, which takes place annually in September, communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone! In 2017, 75 YMCA Associations in 34 states hosted more than 700 Welcoming Week event nationwide.

    Produced by YMCA of the USA.

  • Welcoming All at the Y

    The Y is a safe space where everyone is welcome. Our New American Welcome Centers and Welcoming Week celebrate the diverse communities we serve and provide resources for all to become their best selves.

Find Your Y

Search for the Y closest to you and visit their website to learn how to get involved today.

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