Virginia Refugee Student Achievement Project

80 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203
703-841-3871; Fax: 703-524-2741

Dr. Patricia Maloof, Program Director
Migration & Refugee Services

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VRSAP aims to assist refugee students in target areas with academic achievement. This program is funded through the Office of Newcomer Services of Virginia’s Department of Social Services. The program is open to any children of a refugee or asylee enrolled in Fairfax County or Falls Church City Schools.

Refugee students not only face challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language, but they also have additional issues with family responsibility and cultural expectations.

Refugee students need an extra support system to ensure their academic success. VRSAP will also assist refugee parents with resources to find a job and become self-sufficient.



Tutors are needed to work individually with refugee children who need help with homework. They meet with the student after school and address academic needs. (Tutors can also be mentors!)


Mentors develop a friendship with the student and student’s family, help the student with social skills, and introduce community resources. (Mentors can also be tutors!)

  • Math and reading workbooks
  • Simple English novels
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Computers and printers

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Prison Ministry - Returning Home Backpack Program

Life for an ex-offender can be very difficult. It is hard to gain employment and housing with a criminal record. There is often very little family or community support available to these men and women as they transition back into our community. One of the many ways that we offer support is to provide backpacks to those leaving jail. These backpacks demonstrate our love for our brothers and sisters, containing toiletries and other needed survival items. To learn more or spread awareness about this project, download the flyer below.



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