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Help Middle School Refugee and Immigrant Girls Chill & Spill

January 24, 2012. By

Art with Heart is helping community partner Sound Mental Health begin a refugee/immigrant Chill & Spill Girls Group.  The therapist leading the group has been able to secure funding for 8 books from her local YMCA but needs to raise an additional $80 to purchase additional Chill & Spill books.  Can you help?

She will be using Chill & Spill curriculum to run a girls group targeting 7th and 8th grade girls who are first or second generation refugees or immigrants from Aki Kurose Middle School.   She has several students from Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Nepal, Mexico, Somalia, and Kenya already signed up.

Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle serves a large percent of refugee and immigrant populations. While there are several programs to serve students who need academic and behavioral support, there are no groups that specifically target challenges faced by refugee and immigrant girls.  Teen years can be a difficult time for anyone.   While several youth in our community deal with challenges such a violence in the community and home, hunger, peer issues, and puberty;  students of refugee and immigrant status deal with an added pressure of assimilation and acculturation. The goal of the group is provide a space for our young ladies where they can reflect on past trauma, challenges of balancing multiple cultures, and challenges that come with being a teenager.  This will be a strength-based nine-week group focusing on individuality and empowerment.
Please consider donating today!   Go to: and click on “Donate Now”.  In the memo section, please put Sound Mental Health.