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CalNEW Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Filed in Event News by on May 6, 2020

May 4 through 8 marks Teacher Appreciation Week», an annual tribute to educators who teach and guide millions of students nationally. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis», teachers have helped and supported students as they navigate distance learning, an often unfamiliar and uncomfortable concept to refugee students and their families.

NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) salutes teachers for their dedication to students learning under extraordinary cicrumstances. Through CalNEW» ( California Newcomer Education and Well-Being ), NSDI supports refugees and other eligible school-age students by facilitating educator and parent meetings, which are especially critical during periods of enforced distance learning. Between 2018 and 2019, CalNEW services impacted 39 newly arrived students from six different countries ( Burundi, Congo, Haiti, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda ). Fifty-one percent ( 51% ) of these students were enrollees at middle schools located in the Crawford, Hoover, and Kearny clusters.

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Reset, Recharge, Reinvent! A Virtual Youth Summit

Filed in Event News by on May 5, 2020

NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) has teamed up with two tobacco-control programs to create Reset, Recharge, Reinvent, a virtual two-day summit to support youth and local communities amidst the COVID–19 crisis. Working to mitigate tobacco-induced illnesses and mortalities in Southern California communities of color are two groups:

  • FULSToP ( Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation ) in San Diego
  • KOLS ( Keeping Our Lungs Safe ) in Los Angeles

These groups, in partnership with the lead African American Statewide Coordinating Center—known as AMPLIFY!—will provide culturally relevant information and resources to youth across the state of California in a virtual event. Reset, Recharge, Reinvent calls for a reimagining of youth advocacy and will provide useful tools to encourage a new wave of youth leaders in tobacco-control efforts. Both event days will offer a unique series of workshops and activities focused on youth leadership, empowerment, and maintenance of physical and mental well-being.

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Earth Day 2020 Virtual Art Contest

Filed in Event News by on May 5, 2020

In recognition of Earth Day 2020, NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ) collaborated with organizations across Los Angeles County to host a Virtual Art Contest. In artistic submissions, participating community members expressed the ways in which tobacco has negatively influenced their own health and that of their environment. Artists chose among three different themes to illustrate the reality behind tobacco use, waste, and secondhand smoke:

  • #SharetheAir
  • #TobaccoWasteisToxicWaste
  • #NoFlavorsNecessary

With help from the African Communities Public Health Coalition, Antelope Valley Partners for Health, Dignity Health–St. Mary’s Medical Center, the G.R.E.E.N. Foundation, and the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, NSDI collected contest submissions from Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and South Bay regions of Los Angeles County.

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NSDI to Host Tobacco-Control Webinar, March 2020

Filed in Event News by on March 12, 2020

Los Angeles tobacco-control program Keeping Our Lungs Safe will present a March 20 training webinar to be hosted by NSDI Los Angeles», in collaboration with The LOOP», a California Tobacco-Control Program» technical assistance provider. The webinar, named Tobacco Control: Understanding the Legislative Process, will be free to participants, provide in-depth discussion of local legislative processes, define the lines between education and lobbying, cover current tobacco-control issues, and offer techniques for strengthening the voices of tobacco-control advocates. The intended webinar audience includes tobacco-control competitive grantees, statewide grantees, coalition members, Local Lead Agencies, faith-based leaders, community-based organizations, and community leaders.

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Your Participation in the 2020 Census Helps San Diego Refugees and Asylees

Filed in Event News by on February 25, 2020

Why the Census Is Important to Everyone
Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau administers an official national census» in order to gather and record a count of all individuals residing in all 50 states and five inhabited territories. The results of the spring 2020 census» will determine how the government will distribute $675 billion among US hospitals, paramedics, roads, schools, firefighters, schools, transportation, housing, and childcare during the next 10 years.

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2020 Mission Fundraiser: Hands that Shape Our World

Filed in Event News by on August 19, 2019

Illustration of black-wire hands surrounding a globe model of the Earth.

Join NSDI» (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) on Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2019, for our 2020 mission fundraiser, Hands that Shape Our World. All proceeds will support vital NSDI programs and services». Since 2001, NSDI has supported refugees and immigrants in San Diego through essential services such as employment facilitation, family advocacy and education, and emergency relief. Browse our success stories.»

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A Celebration of Refugee Mental Health Advocacy During Mental Health Awareness Month

Filed in Event News by on May 1, 2019

Photo of a Mental Health Awareness Month green ribbon.

During the month of May—Mental health Awareness Month—NSDI invites the public to helps us celebrate our strong history of refugee mental health advocacy at both local and state levels, listed below:

News Articles
Nile Sisters Focuses on Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Throughout May»
Month-Long Advocacy for Refugee Mental Health»
NSDI Leads State-Sponsored Refugee Mental Health Session»
Mental Health Matters Day at State Capitol»
Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health Round-Table»
Female Genital Cutting: A Conversation in San Diego»

Mental Health Resources
MIND ( Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders )»
MIND | Institute»
Resources for Victims of Crime»
NSDI Addresses Domestic Violence in the Community»

Downloadable Publications
Advancing Equity: Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health»
MIND | Institute Resources»
MIND Toolkit»

NSDI Addresses Domestic Violence in the Community

Filed in Event News by on March 28, 2019

In collaboration with the San Diego County District Attorney» and Center for Community Solutions», MIND» (Matters Involving Neuro-Disorders), a program of Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI), convened a Domestic Violence Workshop on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The event raised awareness of domestic violence following the tragic death of a Somali resident» of the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. During the informational workshop, presenters shared facts on domestic violence dynamics, statistics, overview of the criminal justice system, and resources» for crime victims, including the Victim Compensation Board». MIND staff provided language interpretation for speakers of French and Swahili with limited-English proficiency. Twenty-five individuals, including newly arrived refugees and former refugees, advocates, representatives from County of San Diego, and other local nonprofit organizations, participated in the event.

Additional Information
Outpatient Support for Victims of Crime»
NSDI Crime Victim Services»

Upcoming Events
The San Diego District Attorney’s Annual Citizens of Courage Awards Luncheon»
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Immigration Workshop for Refugees»

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Immigration Workshop for Refugees

Filed in Event News by on February 26, 2019

NSDI ( Nile Sisters Development Initiative ), in collaboration with the Community Law Project», will host an immigration workshop on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The free informational workshop will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to provide an overview of refugee and asylum seekers, immigration statuses, and citizenship requirements. The intended audience for the workshop includes community leaders and advocates who assist individuals in need of immigration assistance. Participants will receive current information on immigration processes and resources for direct support and referrals.

This immigration workshop is part of a series of informational workshops for refugees and asylum seekers. Future workshop topics will include victims of crime, civil rights, and other legal topics.

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St. Luke’s Adopts FULSToP Tobacco-Free Policy

Filed in Event News by on February 26, 2019

FULSToP Community Engagement Specialist, Patricia Wakhusama and Colin Mathewson, Pastor at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

FULSToP commends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for adopting a congregational tobacco-free policy» in December 2018, making it the fifth faith-based entity to implement this policy in southern California. FULSToP organizational partners, Nile Sisters Development Initiative» and The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation», work closely with faith-based organizations in San Diego and Orange counties to promote healthy, tobacco-free lifestyles for congregations of diverse faiths. Adopting the FULSToP voluntary tobacco-free policy demonstrates a faith-based organization’s leadership and commitment to helping its congregants lead lives that encompass complete physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health and wellness.

Congregational Tobacco-Free Assistance: fulstop@nilesisters.org»
Tobacco-Free Congregations»
FULSToP Overview»