Global Interact Mentoring – Global Interact Mentors
Lauren Dorn is the Welcoming Communities Coordinator at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Refugee and Asylee programs where she works to foster civic and advocacy initiatives within the refugee community in Colorado. Lauren has just launched the Global Interact Mentors – a program for high school refugee students who have been resettled in Colorado from various countries around the world including Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal, and are now attending Aurora Central High School (ACHS). This motivated group of students is seeking to create positive change in the community by leading a yearlong mentoring program during which they will be paired with Crawford Elementary School students from similar refugee backgrounds who speak the same languages. With the support of the Pollination Project seed grant, the Global Interact Mentors will explore and reflect with their mentees on their shared experiences of having to leave their home countries or refugee camps and being resettled in the U.S. Highlighting the cultural richness that refugee youth bring to the community, and in celebration of their time together, the mentors will work with their mentees to create a polylingual piece of art which celebrates their exploration of peace, diversity and the unique journeys that many refugees experience.