Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Ananya Modi 2018

When our history class started YPI in December, our group РSu, Bora, Rixi and myself really wanted to support a non-profit that tackled the problem of unemployment of immigrants in New York, as we believe this is the root cause of other social issue faced by immigrants (education, healthcare, housing, etc.) We were really excited to partner with the Business Center of New Americans, a nonprofit which aims to make immigrants, refugees and its other clients self-sufficient by providing access to affordable credit, empowering with financial education, and offering training in best business practices and technology. We feel BCNA offers necessary opportunities for refugees and undocumented immigrants to pursue the careers they always dreamed of and teaching them to be independent as well. As I learnt more about BCNA and how they make an impact in New York, I have also learnt so much about the astonishing statistics of unemployment and unequal pay of immigrants. I was in constant communication with Yanki Tshering, the executive director of BCNA, to learn more about its programs and services and the several people BCNA has helped change lives of. I also got to learn about the story of Alimata Zabsonre, a refugee from Burkina Faso and a BCNA client who started her own hair braiding business with help from BCNA. YPI has been really meaningful to me and I am so grateful to have been able to participate in the program because I have learnt so much about different social issues faced by immigrants, amazing non profits who do commendable work to help and how I can help make a difference. Although I have read and learnt so much about the refugee crisis and problems immigrants face in the news and other media, YPI gave me a deeper insight to the issues as I made many connections with different people.

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