IU13 Community Education is excited to announce a partnership with Church World Service (CWS) Lancaster for a new grant CWS received titled "Good Job, Happy Family". IU13 will provide education navigation services through this four-year grant. The Education Navigator, under the umbrella of the Refugee Center at Reynolds Middle School, operated by the IU13, will assist refugee children and adults in successfully integrating into education in the U.S. This service is similar to current services provided by navigators; however, the Education Navigator's primary focus will be on TANF-eligible children and adults referred by the CWS Extended Case Manager based on the family's service plan and goals.
On January 21, 2020, Cultural Navigator Loice Byler was offered the opportunity to give 3 presentations about Swahili culture to 64 teachers at the School District of Lancaster’s Professional Development Day. In her own words, Loice explains;
The focus of my presentation was to help the teachers, who are already doing a great job, understand where their Swahili speaking students are coming from and what kind of barriers are needed to overcome to be successful in their classrooms.