New American Pathways, Inc.

Helping refugees and Georgia thrive.

Atlanta, GA   |  www.newamericanpathways.org

Mission

Helping Refugees and Georgia Thrive

At New American Pathways, our vision is to promote safety, stability, success, and service for individual refugees and refugee families in Georgia. We offer distinct program areas that focus on jobs, education, cultural integration, individual and female empowerment, building strong families and civic engagement. All of these programs are enhanced through the service of a 16-member AmeriCorps team and hundreds of volunteers.

Our unique continuum of services results in better outcomes for refugees of all ages and at all stages of self-sufficiency, and ensures that these new Americans develop and contribute their special skills and talents to strengthening the American workforce and helping Georgia thrive.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Ms. Paedia Mixon

Main address

2300 Henderson Mill Road NE Suite 100

Atlanta, GA 30345 USA

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Formerly known as

Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA)

Refugee Family Services (RFS)

EIN

30-0130066

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Resettlement is a stressful and overwhelming process. Refugees, invited by the U.S. government to resettle here after fleeing their homeland and proving a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, political belief, or ethnicity, complete a thorough security screening process that averages 18-24 months and come from all over the world, including Burma (Myanmar), Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria. Representing a wide range of cultures and languages, newly arriving refugees are under tremendous pressure to adapt quickly to American life and culture. Upon arrival, they face a number of unique barriers to self-sufficiency including language, transportation, education gaps and childcare needs. Within a few months, they are expected to speak English, find sustainable employment, enroll their children in school, and understand the complexities of the American health care system, government programs, school systems and social services infrastructure.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Resettlement and Resource Navigation

Newly-arrived refugees, who represent a wide range of cultures and languages, are under tremendous pressure to adapt quickly to American life and culture. Within a few short months, they are expected to speak English, find sustainable employment, enroll their children in school, and understand the complexities of the American health care system, government programs, the school system, and social services.

With decades of experience, our case management team members, many of whom are former refugees themselves, know how to help refugee families overcome barriers to success. Through community partnerships and referrals, shared experience, common language, and cultural affinity, they build trust and personal relationships, provide positive role models for success, and motivate new Americans to persevere. Services include Cultural Orientation, English Language Literacy, Health Care Navigation, Transportation Education, and Specialized Women’s Services.

Population(s) Served

The hardships that force people into refugee status unfortunately strike at all levels of society. Some refugees come from agrarian societies and start from low levels of literacy, while others arrive with more advanced education, specialized skills, or even graduate-level professional credentials such as medical, engineering and teaching degrees.

Whatever the starting point, our self-sufficiency program services ensure that refugees build on their individual assets and have access to the opportunities that will help them realize their American dream. Services include Employment Readiness and Job Placement, Financial Literacy, Savings Match, and Specialized Vocational Training for Skilled Refugees.

Population(s) Served

Refugee youth face specific challenges to success including education gaps, low-performing public schools and little or no supplemental academic support. In addition, grade level placements for newly arriving refugee children frequently are based on age, rather than academic skills, leaving older youth a short window of opportunity to obtain literacy and core skills before graduating from high school. Despite these challenges, we consistently find that when refugee youth are supported by social structures and targeted assistance, they make rapid progress in language and literacy and thrive as members of their community.

Led by experienced professional educators, our Youth Programs ensure that refugee children advance on grade level and enter high school prepared and on-track to graduate. In partnership with the DeKalb County School System, we provide school-based Afterschool and Summer Camp enrichment programs for approximately 200 refugee students.

Population(s) Served

Our experience demonstrates that refugee parents want to lay a secure foundation for their children’s success, but that they sometimes need additional support, skills, education, and encouragement to do so. For many refugees, early learning and child development concepts, the American system of education, and local school system policies are completely unfamiliar. Our support for parents begins with culturally appropriate training about early childhood development and continues through activities to help them meet the needs of older children and fully understand their parental rights and obligations in American schools.

Through Parents as Teachers, a nationally accredited, evidence-based curriculum, we help parents of very young children understand child development, promote literacy, access early learning programs, and become effective teachers and advocates. We provide School Liaison Services for parents of older students – who often need help understanding and navigating school systems and connecting with their children – as well as for educators who need help successfully connecting with refugee parents.

Population(s) Served

We are committed to supporting activities that promote the civic involvement of refugee communities and build their self-sufficiency. This includes outreach to encourage participation in the US civic and political system, leadership development for refugee leaders, and cultivation of refugee-led initiatives and groups that help refugees meet their own needs. As community experts on refugees and resettlement, we also play a critical role in promoting public awareness of the stories, achievements, and assets refugees bring to our state.

The process of obtaining US citizenship includes passing a test in English, US history, and government, as well as completing complicated paperwork and often paying a considerable fee. Refugees, who are eligible to apply for citizenship after they have been in this country for five years, often need help navigating this process. New American Pathways provides Citizenship and Legal Services for refugees, asylees, Cuban-Haitian immigrants, and victims of human trafficking. Our skilled Immigration Services team provides low-cost or no-cost immigration-related legal services including Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) applications, family petitions, travel document and asylum applications, and applications for US citizenship.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of refugees resettled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Resettlement and Resource Navigation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants who pass citizenship exam

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immigration Services and Civic Engagement

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of new Americans registered to vote.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Immigration Services and Civic Engagement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

New American Pathways' mission is to help refugees and Georgia thrive. We help refugees from the moment of their arrival through their journey to citizenship. We help ensure that new Americans contribute their special skills and talents to strengthen the American workforce and help Georgia succeed. Our vision is for new Americans in metro Atlanta to become successful, contributing, and welcomed members of Georgia's communities. We fulfill our goals by offering the most comprehensive, fully integrated continuum of services targeted to meet the specific needs of refugees and other immigrants in Georgia. Our vision is for new Americans in metro Atlanta to become successful, contributing and welcomed members of Georgia's communities. We envision a Georgia where refugees contribute their special skills and talents to the state's workforce and position themselves and their families for economic success while helping their local communities thrive.

New American Pathways' strategic plan outlines what the organization must accomplish to successfully serve the community. The four key priorities:
1) A fully integrated Continuum of Service Model: Future New AP clients will have a diverse set of needs. We must provide a comprehensive service model that has a service for everyone.
2) Financial stability with sustainable funding: with the uncertainty of refugee resettlement in the U.S., New AP must sustain all programs financially. This is accomplished by diversifying funding sources, as well as increase existing sources contribution amounts.
3) Effectively advocate and communicate to build positive relationships and respond to threats: we incorporated advocacy into our annual communication plan to educate the public on the positive contributions of refugees.
4) Proactively plan for and create change to positively impact the needs of clients: we need to protect our internal structure and create processes that support the agency.

New American Pathways uses our strong programs, experienced and passionate staff, engaged volunteers, effective leadership and high standards of service to meet the changing needs of our current and future refugee clients. To increase our value and effectiveness, New American Pathways has solidified our continuum of service model by evaluating new and existing programming for fit to our theory of change, mission, relevance and resourcing. We have increased our financial sustainability by developing a major gift program, investing regularly in an operating reserve and minimizing operating costs. Our communications and advocacy efforts support fundraising priorities and educate the public on the positive contributions that refugees bring to the state. Finally, we ensure that New American Pathways adapts to changing client needs by engaging in annual planning that considers arrival trends and others factors that impact operations and develop strategies to better serve our clients.

Some key results from FY19:
- 305 new Americans were resettled by New American Pathways
- 64 refugees enrolled in volunteer-led English at Home
- 242 refugees were placed in jobs
- 95% of families were self-sufficient within 180 days of arrival
- 80% of families receiving School Liaison services achieved parental involvement goals
- 90% of children in Parents as Teachers program advanced to pre-K or early learning program
- 248 new Americans applied for citizenship
- 11,294 new Americans registered to vote
- 823 volunteers served 12,910 hours to benefit New American Pathways programs

Financials

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New American Pathways, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thompson Rawls

AT&T Legal Department, Retired

Term: 2016 -

Tom Rawls

AT&T Legal Department, Retired

Barbara Wiley

Sherrill & Hutchins Financial Advisory, Inc., Retired

Mike Iverson

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes