Dear Welcoming Community Leader:
Thank you again for your commitment to the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign (BWCC).
As many of you know, last month the White House hosted a national Building Welcoming Communities Convening. The convening provided a meaningful opportunity for local municipal governments to learn from each other, federal agencies to offer technical assistance, and national experts to share insights on emerging best practices. We would like to thank those of you that attended and made this convening a success.
This Month, as part of the monthly BWCC Webinar Series, we will host a conversation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss immigration/refugee issues related to the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) and 2016 Open Enrollment. This webinar will take place on the week of November 16th. Please stay tuned for more details on how to sign-up for this webinar and to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it is working to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare in communities across the country.
Below are additional updates and resources.
2016 BWCC TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PRIORITIES
We would like to thank all those who completed the BWCC Enrollment Form. Based on BWCC submissions, we have identified top areas for technical assistance needs. We will work with federal agencies and national partners to explore opportunities to provide technical assistance in each of these areas throughout 2016. Additionally, we will be setting up one-on-one conversations with participating BWCC cities and counties to get a better sense of immediate resources and tools we can provide.
The top eight (8) areas of need identified:
1. Expanding access to resources through language access policies, programs and practices.
2. Enhancing trust between communities and law enforcement through hiring practices, relationship building, public education and other mechanisms.
3. Harness immigrant professional talent through career ladder, credentialing, international student retention and other efforts focused on highly skilled immigrants.
4. Connecting communities by bringing people from across the community together through dialogues, events, mentoring projects and other opportunities.
5. Assess and better understand the community by improved data collection, setting priorities and identifying local resources.
6. Promoting citizenship awareness so that immigrants understand the benefits of naturalization and receiving communities welcome their newest citizens.
7. Adapt workforce systems by convening key workforce, education and immigrant stakeholders to identify areas of opportunity as well as for improvements
8. Support entrepreneurship by strengthening local ecosystems and networks, accelerating business development and positive communications.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the enrollment form, please let us know or contact Cynthia at Cynthia@welcomingamerica.org.
UPDATES & RESOURCES
Connecting Refugees to Workforce Development Opportunities: Promising Partnerships and the New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – On November 4, 2015, 1:00-2:30PM, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a webinar with the Department of Labor to highlight the opportunities for refugee organizations to enhance services and develop new partnerships with workforce development agencies with the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. To register for this webinar, please click HERE.
Investing Deeply in Young Leaders – On November 19, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM, ED will host a webinar. In this webinar, panelists will explore the different models for investing in immigrant youth leaders from a variety of different backgrounds. To register, please visit the Educational and Linguistic Integration Webinar Series webpage.
Pathways to Postsecondary Education and Career Training – On December 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM, ED will host a webinar. In this webinar, panelists will share current research on how to create accessible pathways to postsecondary education and career training for immigrants. To register, please visit the Educational and Linguistic Integration Webinar Series webpage.
ED Releases New Resource Guide on Supporting Undocumented Youth – In an effort to ensure that all students have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college and careers, the Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with USCIS, released a resource guide to help educators, school leaders, and community organizations better support undocumented youth in secondary and postsecondary school, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
USCIS Updates Welcome Guide for New Immigrants: On November 2, USCIS published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. It is now available in 14 languages, including:
· Chinese (traditional)
· Chinese (simplified)
· Haitian Creole
Task Force on New Americans
The White House | Domestic Policy Council