New Roots Internship Spring 2018

Every year, thousands of people are forced to flee their home due to violence and persecution and are welcomed into the United States for safety, freedom, and a chance to rewrite their story. During 2016, 84,995 refugees entered the United States under the Obama Administration (US Department of State). On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US indefinitely (Ferwerda, Flynn, & Horiuchi, 2017). Refugees are now placed in 232 metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, across the United States coming from several complex traumas of war and oppression, and multiple separations and losses over prolonged periods (Gangamma, 2017).

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta, Georgia helps refugees during their transition into America.

The New Roots program, under the IRC’s Education and Learning Program, focuses on bringing refugees together to build connections with their new home through nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and community gardening.

As an intern, I was involved with the Youth Food Justice program. This program includes a youth internship at Clarkston High School, a garden club, and classes on nutrition and healthy lifestyles. I led the interns and other student volunteers through several lesson plans on gardening practices and nutritional habits.

I compiled recorded videos and interviews into a summary of the Youth Food Justice program.


Ferwerda, J., Flynn, D.J., & Horiuchi, Y. (2017). Explaining opposition to refugee resettlement: The role of NIMBYism and perceived threats. Science Advances, 3(9) e1700812.

Gangamma, R. (2017). A Phenomenological Study of Family Experiences of Resettled Iraqi Refugees. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 0(0).

International Rescue Committee. (2015). The IRC in Atlanta, GA. International Rescue Committee. 

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