The program is no longer accepting new clients. From 2014-2017, ICC Crossroads worked with Middle Eastern, South Asian, North/West/East African and Muslim American communities that had low to moderate incomes and were underserved in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The Crossroads team used 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 provided clinical mental health counseling, case management and positive youth development programming, including mentoring and skill-building groups and workshops. Our work was conducted in partnership with community organizations, schools and county agencies to build strengths and resiliency among diverse youth and families.
Cultural Proficiency ICC Crossroads provided customized, culturally sensitive assistance to:
• Refugee families in need: We provided trauma-informed mental health counseling, case management and assisted clients in maneuvering resettlement processes in the United States.
• Muslim American youth from diverse backgrounds who faced complex challenges including discrimination, bullying, social isolation, etc. We provided counseling, mentoring, psychosocial group support and skill-building groups and workshops tailored to this population.
ICC Crossroads provided 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 can provide training for mental health providers, non-profit organizations on providing culturally competent care to refugees, immigrants and the Muslim American community.
In addition to direct services, ICC Crossroads hosted a number of youth groups. We hosted Courageous Conversations -- an intergenerational workshop conducted in partnership with the Asbury Community, which tackled issues of discrimination and resiliency. In total, the program brought together over 100 students, and elderly community members including civil rights activists, Holocaust survivors and a former prisoner of a Japanese-American internment camp. One youth participant noted, “This program helped me to be more thoughtful about the way I talk to others and respect their point of view or beliefs.” The program was awarded the 2017 Inter-generational Innovation Award by Generations United, featured in a Generations United report and also been featured in the NPR podcast, Interfaith Voices.
We also developed a unique peer gatekeeper program, the Global Citizen Forum (GCF) as 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.
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