This experience will focus on the issue of refugees: persons who have been displaced due to natural disasters, persecution, or warfare. In 2013 there were 16.7 million refugees around the world. The United States welcomed a record number of refugees (69,930) in the same year, most of them from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia and Cuba. Since 1989 6,300 refugees have come to Chittenden County. This experience will focus on helping refugees become acclimated to living in U.S. society.
This experience will address the issue of food insecurity in the United States. In the U.S., 1 out of 5 children live in a house that struggles to put food on the table and over 49 million Americans are classified as food insecure. During this experience, we will focus on education pertaining to food-related issues in the U.S. and connect the problem of food insecurity to other social issues such as poverty, unemployment, specific demographic characteristics and lack of education about sustainable and nutritional food sources. This experience will be specifically focusing on attaining access to affordable and nutritional food in urban settings and food deserts.
This experience will focus on topics concerning health issues from HIV/AIDS, to politically sponsored torture, to drug abuse, to nutrition. This experience will connect to a variety of prevalent issues and concerns locally and globally.
This experience will focus on the issues facing LGTBQ+ youth. Four in ten teens that identify as LGBTQ+ say that their community is not accepting of LGBTQ+ people. During the experience, we will be educating communities and assisting youth that identify as LGBTQ+ with problems such as homelessness, poverty, and depression.