Monday, March 10, 2014

Helping refugees reach the American dream

Burmese refugees in Iowa are receiving help with English so they can apply for and pass the citizenship test.     - - Donna Poisl

By CASSIDY NOBLE, Staff Writer

Every Saturday at First Methodist Church in Waterloo, UNI students tutor Burmese refugees one-on-one in English as part of UNI RISE.

“We were concerned that they wanted to learn English but there is not very many resources in the community for it,” said Jordan Peterson, founder of UNI RISE.

The overall goal of the group is to help provide students with enough knowledge so they pass the citizenship test – a $680 test that allows people to become American citizens – on the first try.
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