International Cultural Center

Crossroads

About Crossroads

Comprehensive Programming
ICC Crossroads works with Middle Eastern, South Asian, North/West/East African and Muslim American communities that have low to moderate incomes and are currently underserved in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The Crossroads team uses a comprehensive, strengths-based approach to serve individuals and families impacted by trauma, chronic stress, acculturation challenges, social isolation, discrimination and/or financial hardship. ICC Crossroads provides clinical mental health counseling, case management and positive youth development programming, including mentoring and skill-building groups and workshops. We work in partnership with community organizations, schools and county agencies to build strengths and resiliency among diverse youth and families.

Cultural Proficiency ICC Crossroads is unique because it provides customized, culturally sensitive assistance to underserved communities who may be in crisis:
• As the numbers of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees continue to grow, ICC Crossroads’ staff provides direct assistance to refugee families in need. We provide trauma-informed mental health counseling, case management and assist clients in maneuvering resettlement processes in the United States.
• Muslim American youth from diverse backgrounds face complex challenges including discrimination, bullying, social isolation, etc. We provide counseling, mentoring, psychosocial group support and skill-building groups and workshops tailored to this population.
ICC Crossroads provide services in multiple languages including Farsi, Arabic, Urdu, and Bengali through our service staff or through in-person interpreters for clients that may not otherwise be able to access services.

ICC Crossroads staff also frequently trains mental health providers, non-profit organizations and presents at local and national conferences on providing culturally competent care to refugees, immigrants and the Muslim American community.

The Global Citizen Forum
The Global Citizen Forum (GCF) is an evidence-based youth leadership development program that utilizes an interdisciplinary curriculum developed by the International Cultural Center to provide youth with skills including cross-cultural communication, peer intervention, conflict resolution, advocacy, stress management and more. The Global Citizen Forum also covers topics of cyber civility including cyber bullying, cyber safety/online predators and cyber crises. This integrative curriculum empowers youth to better navigate the challenges they face in school and through their social networks.

ICC Crossroads Brochure

Recent Activities

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ICC Crossroads co-hosted its latest installment of Courageous Conversations, an intergenerational workshop tackling issues of bullying/discrimination, on Thursday, December 15th at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, MD. The workshop was held in partnership with the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative and the Northwood High School Wellness Center. WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz, moderated the event […]

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Participants from WORDE/ICC’s program, Courageous Conversations, are featured in this week’s NPR podcast, Interfaith Voices. Click here to listen to Yuka Fujikura, a 90-year-old survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp, and Zahra Riaz, a 17-year-old Muslim college student, discuss discrimination past and present.

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On 8/23, ICC Crossroads co-sponsored “Courageous Conversations,” an intergenerational and interracial conversation on discrimination and bullying. ICC Crossroads Program Director, Nouf Bazaz, facilitated dialogue between diverse students and panelists that culminated in the creation of a community mural. Co-sponsors of the event included the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, The City of Gaithersburg/Gaithersburg Youth Center, Identity […]

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ICC Crossroads Director, Nouf Bazaz, is this months guest blogger for Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS), which maintains the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families. This month’s post, “Muslim Refugee Youth: Stories & Strategies Addressing Discrimination & Bullying,” shares stories of the challenges faced by […]

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The Washington Post reports on a recent survey the International Cultural Center (ICC) administered in Montgomery County to measure the impact of bullying on students in the county. The ten question survey was administered in January 2016, and asked students to reflect back on their experiences in the past six months, to understand some of […]

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Contact

To schedule an appointment,
email crossroads@theicc.net or
call (240) 396-5350 ext. 3

Please note that appointments are required.

Services

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Case Management (Referral and navigation of social services including employment assistance, education, health care, food resources, County services)
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Youth Groups and Workshops
  • Support Groups for Women
  • Trainings & Advocacy