New American Families (NAF) has been evolving to meet the needs of the immigrant and refugee community in the Mankato area since 2006, when the program Walking in Two Worlds began. The aim of this program was to build connections and understanding among long-time and new residents as the population became more ethnically diverse. As immigration continued to add culture and new perspectives to not only the greater Mankato area, but also Minnesota as a whole, education for children of immigrant and refugee families became a clear priority.
In 2012, NAF piloted early childhood educational program, Ready to Learn for children ages 0-5 for kindergarten readiness to address educational gaps among children of color and provide early childhood education for underserved low-income immigrant and refugee families. Today, NAF provides home visiting for immigrant and refugee women and their families with three impact areas in mind: health and safety, empowerment and economic advancement, and racial justice and civil rights.
Why home visiting?
Through home visiting, women and their families are able to connect one-on-one with a culturally competent and bilingual Outreach Worker, who is their main point of contact. Guided by our three impact areas, our program connects caregivers to local healthcare providers and services, addresses economic well being through early childhood education, illuminates the experiences of immigrant and refugee women and their families, and empowers them to lead lives with peace, justice, freedom, and dignity.
For program information, please contact Marielynn Herrera at Marielynn@ywcamankato.org or (507) 345-4629.
Thank you to our program supporters: