YMCA International Services

YMCA International Services Employment Services

Helping newcomers find employment is a critical part of the integration process to the USA. We are here to help. Estamos aquí para ayudar.
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Our office helps refugees, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations in the Greater Houston Area through comprehensive services including legal aid, resettlement, case management, employment services, and education. The Y provides mutually beneficial employment services to Houston businesses and clients. Individuals find work that allows them to support families and become self-sufficient while

businesses receive access to hard-working, qualified candidates. Our newcomer candidates are legally employable individuals who take pride in their work. We facilitate a smooth transition to enter the workforce and collaborate with businesses to ensure positive employer/employee relations. The Y helps newcomers find employment by providing support in these areas:

~Pre-interview screenings
~Job counseling
~Language training and career enhancement
~Interpretation
~Transportation
~Case management/support services
~Work gear (tools, uniforms, etc.) Education Services

Eligible students can improve their lives with free practical courses and workshops on topics such as learning English, preparing for exams, or navigating the job market.

~Refugee Youth Mentoring Program

The mentoring program promotes educational and vocational advancement among refugee youth (15-24), while supporting positive civic, social, and family engagement with the help of dedicated volunteer mentors.

~Citizenship Preparation Courses

Clients learn about the naturalization process, the N-400 application, interview process, and the exam which covers English and Civics topics.

~Pre-High School Equivalency Courses

Clients study for a high school equivalency exam (GED or Hi-SET) using a curriculum that caters to non-native English speakers. Classes focus on academic reading and writing skills like the American essay style and plagiarism. In addition, clients are introduced to the topics on the tests: math, science, and social studies.

~Job Readiness Workshops

Classes focus on resume building, job searches, interview preparation, and more.

~Cultural Orientation Workshops

Workshops acclimate newcomers to American culture and systems. Topics include hygiene, transportation, and hurricane preparation.

~English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses

Students learn practical English on topics like going to the doctor or paying bills. Immigration Legal Services

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~Free and Low Cost Immigration Legal Services – Full range of immigration legal services to low-income, non-detained community members, including: family based petitions, US Citizenship, DACA applications, Lawful Permanent Residency applications, asylum, and employment authorization.

~Detained Adults: Comprehensive legal services provided to adult immigrants detained in the four Houston-area detention facilities. Services include: Legal orientations, pro se legal assistance, court appointments for detainees deemed mentally incompetent, direct representation in the Immigration Court, appeals and federal court litigation.

~Immigrant Survivors of Crime and Trafficking – Targeted legal services to immigrant survivors of crime, particularly survivors of human trafficking (T visas), victims of other types of violent crimes (U visas) and individuals eligible for relief under provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

~Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors – Broad spectrum of legal services for detained and non-detained Unaccompanied Minors from initial apprehension throughout the life of the case. Our legal staff provide Know Your Rights presentations, immigration and state court representation, appeals and federal litigation. Case Management Program for Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

~Home Studies – Ensure that children who are released from government custody enter into a safe and sanitary environment, ensure they will not be further victimized or traumatized while their immigration case is decided.

~Post Release Services – Ensure released children’s medical, physical and emotional needs are addressed thru referral and direct services. Trafficked Person’s Assistance Program

~Comprehensive Services for Victims of Human Trafficking – Victim centered, trauma informed case management for both foreign born and domestic victims of human trafficking (s*x and labor). Case managers work alongside professionals from law enforcement, the justice system, welfare systems and other community service providers to help survivors have a voice and choice throughout their recovery

~Counseling – Mental and behavioral health counseling with a dedicated full time Licensed Professional Counselor.

~Child S*x Trafficking Victim Advocate Program – Advocates play an essential role in providing intensive emotional support, advocacy, and case management for survivors so they may be diverted from “the life” and improve their chances of recovery. The Advocates serves as an intensive support system for minor victims of s*x trafficking.

Today is  ! ��We invite the community to join us as we wear blue in solidarity for survivors of Human Trafficking. ��Be ...
01/11/2024

Today is ! ��We invite the community to join us as we wear blue in solidarity for survivors of Human Trafficking. ��Be sure to tag us YMCA International Services to be featured in our story 💙🤍��Save the date: January 27th from 3-11pm �We’ll be at Axelrad all day long, come hang out with us! ��Can’t make it? No worries, order the “The Blade” or “The Survivor” all month at Axelrad to show your support!

Thank you Kendrascott Jewelry for contributing these beauties to support our fundraising event for the Y’s Trafficked Pe...
01/11/2024

Thank you Kendrascott Jewelry for contributing these beauties to support our fundraising event for the Y’s Trafficked Persons Assistance Program.

We hope to see you all on 01/27/2024 at Axelrad (1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004) to meet our amazing TPAP team, win some goodies, learn more about human trafficking, and have some fun!

Myth: Human trafficking only happens in far away places. Fact: S*x and labor trafficking happen every day here in Housto...
01/10/2024

Myth: Human trafficking only happens in far away places. Fact: S*x and labor trafficking happen every day here in Houston, Texas.

This month during Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we hope to help make our community aware of an issue that literally hits too close to home.

It is important to note that minors involved in commercial s*x acts are automatically considered trafficking victims, even when force, fraud, and coercion are not present.

Comment below with any questions or ideas of what you would like to know!

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Shaping a young person's story can transform lives. During National  , let’s support the youth of today in creating an e...
01/09/2024

Shaping a young person's story can transform lives. During National , let’s support the youth of today in creating an equitable tomorrow.

The YMCA International Services’ Refugee Youth Mentoring Program serves youth like Erica who are matched with volunteer mentors. These important adult role models support their successful integration by helping the youth explore their new home city, educational and professional paths, all while practicing English and learning about American culture.

Why not explore how you can effectively empower youth and make a difference in their lives? Start today by filling out our interest form at https://forms.gle/u3TYR8Vcetqdyn1T7

YMCA International Services partners with houston welcomes refugees  to provide welcome kits for our newly arrived famil...
01/09/2024

YMCA International Services partners with houston welcomes refugees to provide welcome kits for our newly arrived families. They need your help to ensure Houston-area refugees feel embraced and supported as they start anew.

Here's how you can help:
1. Visit https://www.houstonwelcomesrefugees.com/ and click on 'Get Involved'
2. Help spread the word to anyone you know who might want to contribute
3. Create and donate welcome kits

When we all come together we can make a great impact in our community!

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Check here all month for more information about s*x and labor trafficking...
01/06/2024

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Check here all month for more information about s*x and labor trafficking. Feel free to leave comments, send questions, and come meet our team on January 27th at Axelrad! Help us end trafficking in Houston (and beyond!)

Educate. Advocate. Eradicate.

Whether you take a class, train with friends or have a family fitness day, start here! Every Friday in January the commu...
01/05/2024

Whether you take a class, train with friends or have a family fitness day, start here! Every Friday in January the community is welcome to utilize the Y at no cost. We have activities and programs that promote health and wellness for every age and activity level. We’re here to support you throughout your fitness journey. ymcahouston.org/locations

New year ear, new plan! Are you looking for a safe and nurturing child care option for your child ages 6 weeks-12 years?...
01/05/2024

New year ear, new plan! Are you looking for a safe and nurturing child care option for your child ages 6 weeks-12 years? The Y offers Early Care and After School options to fit your family's needs all around the Houston area. Enroll now and you'll enjoy peace of mind and your child will gain a place to learn, grow and thrive. https://bit.ly/3RY4B5j

We’re honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by encouraging everyone to take part in  ! On Monday, Janu...
01/03/2024

We’re honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by encouraging everyone to take part in ! On Monday, January 15, YMCAs throughout the Greater Houston Area will host service events in their communities. Visit ymcahouston.org/mlk-day-of-service to learn more and volunteer.

01/02/2024

Starting somewhere isn't just about fitness; it's about taking that first step toward a healthier, happier you. The YMCA is where real gains happen. It's more than just a membership—it's a community that uplifts and supports each other. Start your journey today! ymcahouston.org/join

12/31/2023

YMCA International Services is one of the agencies participating in the Safe Mobility initiative, which makes travel to the US and other countries safe and lawful for refugees. We provide necessary resources and support to refugees and immigrants once they reach the US to start a new life, but we cannot continue to provide this life-changing work without your support. Visit https://bit.ly/47fRpPk to be part of this impact and learn how you can donate today.

The countdown to the new year is almost over, which means the countdown to summer 2024 can begin! Before the clock strik...
12/29/2023

The countdown to the new year is almost over, which means the countdown to summer 2024 can begin! Before the clock strikes midnight, make sure to register your camper for a week of unforgettable adventure at YMCA Camp Cullen! Prices increase January 1, so don't wait, secure your camper's spot at the best rate today.

To learn more, visit https://ymcacampcullen.org/.

12/29/2023

It's members like Patricia who inspire us every day at the Y. ymcahouston.org

Looking for a fresh option for preschool or after school care to begin in the new year? If so, the Y is the answer! Our ...
12/27/2023

Looking for a fresh option for preschool or after school care to begin in the new year? If so, the Y is the answer! Our Children's Academy program features early childhood education for infants through preschool and our after school program is offered in conjunction with numerous school districts around the greater Houston area. Find a location near you and reserve your child's space now for a bright start to 2024! https://bit.ly/3RY4B5j

Empower your family's fitness journey at YMCA of Greater Houston! From energizing group workouts to fun-filled family cl...
12/26/2023

Empower your family's fitness journey at YMCA of Greater Houston! From energizing group workouts to fun-filled family classes, we've got the perfect options for everyone. Join us and make fitness a family affair! ymcahouston.org/join

12/25/2023

Thank you to our members and staff for being an essential part of the YMCA of Greater Houston. Your support, dedication and enthusiasm continue to inspire us every day. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with hope, health and happiness.

12/22/2023

We love our ForeverWell members! 😍 From physical activity to social events and new adventures, ForeverWell provides opportunities for adults ages 55 and better to make this chapter in life the BEST one yet! Learn how to stay active, engaged and connected with others through Forever Well activities at ymcahouston.org/foreverwell

The YMCA thanks its staff, members, corporate partners, community allies and dedicated volunteers for supporting this ye...
12/22/2023

The YMCA thanks its staff, members, corporate partners, community allies and dedicated volunteers for supporting this year's Angel Tree! Together, we've made a difference in the lives of over 2,000 children. Your generosity has lit up the holiday season, bringing joy and smiles to those who needed it most. Thank you for being the shining stars that make our community brighter!

Invest in your future by applying for the Achieve. Earn. Learn Internship with Y Teen L.I.F.E.! This stipend internship ...
12/20/2023

Invest in your future by applying for the Achieve. Earn. Learn Internship with Y Teen L.I.F.E.! This stipend internship is a 6-week experience open to high school students in grades 10-12 with three main goals: career exploration, skill development and personal growth. Visit our website to learn more and apply. Ymcahouston.org/y-teen-life

Winter sports leagues at the Y are filling up fast! Don't miss out on the chance to reserve your child's spot. YMCA spor...
12/20/2023

Winter sports leagues at the Y are filling up fast! Don't miss out on the chance to reserve your child's spot. YMCA sports are for all skill levels. Our sports leagues encourage team work, self confidence and sportsmanship. We are a place for your child to prosper! Sign up now at ymcahouston.org/sports.

Take your fitness journey one day at a time. Let us help you be more consistent with your fitness goals going into 2024....
12/19/2023

Take your fitness journey one day at a time. Let us help you be more consistent with your fitness goals going into 2024. Head into your local Y or visit us at ymcahouston.org to get a jump start on your health today!

The YMCA of Greater Houston would like to thank the George Foundation for their years of commitment to serve the needs o...
12/17/2023

The YMCA of Greater Houston would like to thank the George Foundation for their years of commitment to serve the needs of children and families in the Fort Bend County area. They have supported the TW Davis YMCA through the Fort Bend County Youth Outreach Programs and recently made a major gift toward the Capital Campaign to help rebuild the TW Davis YMCA in Richmond. The YMCA thanks the George Foundation for their continued support!

12/15/2023

Your YMCA membership is helping enhance real lives in the greater Houston area. We are uniquely suited to meet community needs with initiatives aimed at empowering youth, building healthier families and fostering inclusive communities. Learn more about our impact at ymcahouston.org

The holiday season is in full swing and it's a perfect time to revisit how mediation can help combat holiday stress. Fin...
12/13/2023

The holiday season is in full swing and it's a perfect time to revisit how mediation can help combat holiday stress. Find out in our blog post this month from Wendy Sanders, Mindfulness Consultant for the YMCA of Greater Houston, how to maximize the joy and preserve your mental health. https://bit.ly/3GIzPJa

Even though the temperatures may be dropping, water safety skills are still as important as ever. To register for winter...
12/13/2023

Even though the temperatures may be dropping, water safety skills are still as important as ever. To register for winter swim lessons and see more Y offerings, visit ymcahouston.org/swim-lessons.

12/12/2023

The YMCA offers something for everybody on your holiday giving list. From membership to enhance a healthy lifestyle to programs for kids to grow, the Y supports you at any stage. To find out more, visit your local YMCA. ymcahouston.org/locations

At the YMCA, our group exercise classes bring people together, regardless of age, fitness level or background. Find your...
12/12/2023

At the YMCA, our group exercise classes bring people together, regardless of age, fitness level or background. Find your tribe among the vibrant and supportive community. Visit https://bit.ly/3RGgVsF to join your new favorite class today!

The YMCA is committed to strengthening the bonds that tie us together in community and being responsive to critical comm...
12/11/2023

The YMCA is committed to strengthening the bonds that tie us together in community and being responsive to critical community needs. Join the 1886 Society as a member donor to commit to making a lasting impact in your community through a recurring monthly gift to the YMCA Annual Campaign. ymcahouston.org/1886

The YMCA is a proud partner with Valero Energy and the Valero Benefit for Children! The Valero BFC is currently being fe...
12/11/2023

The YMCA is a proud partner with Valero Energy and the Valero Benefit for Children! The Valero BFC is currently being featured on New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree as part of their Global Giving Campaign and the 100th Annual Ceremony. Thank you Valero for your support of the YMCA.

The coolest part of winter in Houston is youth sports leagues at the YMCA! ⛄🏈⚽🏀 Registration is now open and spaces are ...
12/10/2023

The coolest part of winter in Houston is youth sports leagues at the YMCA! ⛄🏈⚽🏀 Registration is now open and spaces are filling up fast. Don't miss this chance to get your child in a fun, encouraging and educational environment at your local YMCA. Visit ymcahouston.org/sports to find the winter sports offerings near you!

As school breaks approach later this month, unlock a world of quality care and enjoyment at the YMCA! Let your child enj...
12/10/2023

As school breaks approach later this month, unlock a world of quality care and enjoyment at the YMCA! Let your child enjoy the spirit of the season with our YMCA Holiday Camp, where they will participate in a variety of festive activities and projects. While the details may vary across camp locations, you can count on your child's days being filled with laughter, fun and the camaraderie of new friends. https://bit.ly/3tMO8ZN

NFL players reveal their passions beyond the game and wear their hearts on their feet through  . Thank you to Tytus Howa...
12/09/2023

NFL players reveal their passions beyond the game and wear their hearts on their feet through . Thank you to Tytus Howard and Houston Texans for choosing the for your cause this year!

Through the Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) program, Y Teen L.I.F.E. will provide a safe space for young men to expr...
12/08/2023

Through the Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) program, Y Teen L.I.F.E. will provide a safe space for young men to express themselves, nurture their unique identities and learn important life skills from caring adults. Open to males between the ages of 12-18, BYMOC opportunities and experiences build on and invest in pathways to success to help boys & young men of color reach their full potential. Visit our website to learn more. ymcahouston.org/y-teen-life

When you shop Wilson this holiday season you can give the “Gift of Game” to young Y athletes. Choose a donation amount a...
12/07/2023

When you shop Wilson this holiday season you can give the “Gift of Game” to young Y athletes. Choose a donation amount at check out (in-store or online at Wilson.com) and Wilson will match customer contributions up to $25,000! These funds are essential to provide program access to Y kids of all skill levels and backgrounds in 2024.

Monica is the mother of children Josemaria 5, and Juan Pablo, 9, whom participate in YMCA programs offered at their scho...
12/06/2023

Monica is the mother of children Josemaria 5, and Juan Pablo, 9, whom participate in YMCA programs offered at their school. Her boys along with their two cousins have been active participants of the after school enrichment, sports and summer programs.

"They are never left without anything to do. The programs allow us to take care of our own worries while knowing our kids are in a safe and nurturing environment."

Monica and her family are WHY we work to strengthen our communities everyday. Make an end of the year gift to help the Y to continue to meet the changing needs of our members and the community as a whole. https://bit.ly/3Rugv8p

Sometimes a helping hand can make all the difference.Join us to help a newcomer family in need feel the holiday spirit a...
11/29/2023

Sometimes a helping hand can make all the difference.

Join us to help a newcomer family in need feel the holiday spirit and adopt a family today. Follow the link below to select your participation level:
https://linktr.ee/adoptafamily

Happy Giving Tuesday!If you're still looking for a way to make an impact this   consider donating to our Adopt-A-Family ...
11/28/2023

Happy Giving Tuesday!
If you're still looking for a way to make an impact this consider donating to our Adopt-A-Family program. We have almost 200 families still in need of adoption for the holidays. Your monetary donation today will go to make the holidays special for a family in need.

Click the link and select your participation level today: https://linktr.ee/adoptafamily

The joy of giving is not just a one-way street. It brings light to both the giver and the receiver.If you would like to ...
11/27/2023

The joy of giving is not just a one-way street. It brings light to both the giver and the receiver.

If you would like to adopt a family this holiday season, please click the link below:
https://linktr.ee/adoptafamily

Umoja is a Swahili word meaning "Unity" and is key to the holiday season. Everyday we ask our community to unite to supp...
11/25/2023

Umoja is a Swahili word meaning "Unity" and is key to the holiday season. Everyday we ask our community to unite to support families and welcome them to the community. Now as we enter the holiday season we ask our community to continue to unite in order to provide for the less fortunate.

If you would like to join us and adopt a family for the holidays, follow the link below:
https://linktr.ee/adoptafamily

Today our offices are closed as we celebrate Thanksgiving.YMCA International Services is grateful for the amazing people...
11/23/2023

Today our offices are closed as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

YMCA International Services is grateful for the amazing people we get to serve and for the amazing community supporters who have stepped up to help us make positive impacts in our communities.

Thank you to those who have trusted the YMCA to make positive impacts in their lives - you will forever be a part of us!

And to everyone who has supported our work through out the years - We couldn't do what we do without you!

THANK YOU!

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Services and Programs at YMCA International Services: Refugee Resettlement YMCA International’s resettlement program assists refugees who are forcibly displaced from their native countries due to persecution based on their race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group. The resettlement program provides housing, food, basic supplies and temporary financial services. Refugee Employment YMCA’s Employment Department works with employers in the Houston area to fill staffing needs from our qualified pool of refugee candidates. Our goal is to provide employers with the best possible applicants, at the same time assisting new arrivals to our country quickly reach self-sufficiency. The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program (TPAP) TPAP is a program working to identify and assist U.S. national and foreign national victims of human trafficking. We seek to improve the quality of life for victims of human trafficking through culturally competent case management, to raise awareness in the community through outreach and education, and to collaborate with law enforcement and other social service providers Immigration Services YMCA International Services provides high quality legal representation to clients seeking immigration counseling or asylum, as well as civil legal services of crime, including “T” Visas, “U” Visas, and VAWA. Educational Services The YMCA’s Refugee Educational Services Program provides refugees the information necessary for a smooth integration into their new community in a variety of ways. Our Cultural Orientation Program informs the refugees about local and national culture. The Education Department also provides a Pre-HSE (High School Equivalency) exam preparation program for those refugees whose English skills do not allow for entry into a standard GED or Hi-SET preparation course. Clients can begin their US citizenship journey through our Civics program. We prepare clients for the naturalization exam and interview. Join us for ESL (English as a Second Language) courses that run throughout the year. Youth Development In an effort to provide support and services to the local immigrant community, we offer several programs designed to provide safe, supervised activities for youth. Our youth programs include sports for children and teen development. The YMCA also partners with local HISD elementary schools to offer care during the after school hours for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.


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