World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is celebrated every year on June 20th around the world and in Miami-Dade by all Department of Children and Families (DCF) sponsored agencies. In Miami-Dade County, all DCF sponsored agencies get together to recognize the refugees, their accomplishments, and their contribution to this society. For the World Refugee Day celebration, SAVES collaborates with DCF to provide media releases, entertainment, and exhibits. DCF sponsored agencies have the opportunity to display their flyers, brochures, refugee success stories, and other marketing tools to inform the public of the services being offered to refugees in Miami-Dade County. Many people participate in this event. Some elected officials provide their support by recognizing service providers for their contribution to the event. Refugees are invited to tell their stories and/or exhibit their talents. Certificates of appreciation are given to all participants for their contribution to the event. In addition, Naturalization Oath ceremonies are often held during the month of June or during the World Refugee Day celebration.
Individual schools also celebrate World Refugee Day by hosting activities that include dinners with food from different countries, guest speakers, students’ recognition, and talent shows to highlight the plight, challenges, and strengths of individuals forced to abandon their countries due to their political or religious views or persecution.
SAVES schools provide student orientation to explain the program and its benefits, including tuition, books, and supplies. Other important issues also discussed during the orientation are the registration process, the testing process, attendance requirement to continue to receive benefits from the program, levels of ESOL and ABE, vocational/technical courses, citizenship classes, etc. Orientation sessions are conducted through PowerPoint presentations and/or handouts. Students have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the program and its benefits. SAVES District representatives are often invited.
Graduations are held at the end of each trimester for high school, GED, and vocational students. Schools showcase their students who complete their programs successfully with caps and gowns. Guest speakers are invited to tell their stories and also to encourage graduates to continue their journey. Students bring their relatives and friends to the graduation ceremonies. To find more about school graduations, please contact your school (s) of interest.
Bi-Monthly SAVES Meetings
SAVES meetings are held bi-monthly. All SAVES school contacts are invited to attend these meetings. During these meetings, updated information about the program is provided; best practices are shared among attendees; students’ success stories are also shared; other DCF sponsored organizations are invited to share any new initiatives being undertaken that would benefit SAVES students; other non-DCF sponsored agencies are often invited to provide information that would benefit SAVES students. DCF representatives are invited to attend. For more information about dates and place, please check the 2018-2019 meeting schedule below:
DISTRICT MEETING SCHEDULE: 2018-2019
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
SAVES DISTRICT MEETINGS ARE HELD AT HIALEAH-MIAMI LAKES ADULT EDUCATION CENTER MEDIA CENTER: 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Bi-Monthly Refugee Task Force Meetings
The Refugee Task Force meetings are held bi-monthly. All DCF sponsored agencies are invited to participate and present updates. SAVES is part of the education sub-committee of the Task Force and presents updates or new initiatives of the program at every meeting. Non-DCF sponsored organizations that have programs that could benefit refugees are invited to speak at these meetings. For information about the Refugee Task Force bi-monthly meetings, please visit the DCF website at www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/refugee/generalinfo.