Through the Refugee Scholarship Program, YMCA International Services has been able to provide funding for full-time higher education students who have a status as refugee, SIV, asylee, or VOT.

Interested students complete an application that details their academic and personal background; students also write two essays. Winners are determined by their need and accomplishments.

Scholarship Application



YMCA International’s Refugee Resettlement program assists refugees who are forcibly displaced from their native countries due to persecution based on their race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion or their belonging to a particular social group. The resettlement program provides housing, food, basic supplies and temporary financial services in order to help refugees begin their new lives in the United States.  

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Donations to Support Resettled Refugees



YMCA International Services’ Refugee Employment Department works with employers in the Houston area to fill staffing needs from our qualified pool of refugee candidates. Our goal is to assist new arrivals to our country quickly reach self-sufficiency.

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The Trafficked Persons Assistance Program works to identify and assist foreign and domestic victims of human trafficking. We seek to improve the quality of life for victims of human trafficking through culturally competent case management services.   In addition to providing direct client services, the program raises awareness in the community through education and outreach.  

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YMCA International Services provides counseling or representation to individuals seeking immigration assistance.  Assistance is available for asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence, crime victims, or victims of human trafficking.  Services also include family reunification visas, adjustment of status and naturalization applications.  On our “Walk-in-Wednesdays,” individuals can discuss their immigration case with an Immigration Attorney, BIA Accredited Representative or an Immigration Case Manager during the hours of 9am-3pm.  Some consultations may require a $40 consultation fee.  

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Family Strengthening Classes and Case Management



Courses Offered

Cultural Orientation Workshops

• The 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 through a computer-based curriculum.

Vocational ESL Course and Job Readiness Workshops

• Classes cater to specific industries such as Construction, Hospitality and Tourism, and Transportation and Logistics.

• Class exercises introduce students to English topics relevant to the specific industry and soft skills like understanding teamwork, and effective communication with supervisors.

• Job Readiness workshops focus on resume building, job searches, interview preparation, and more.

Citizenship Preparation Course

• 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 Course

• 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.

For more information on schedules and eligibility, call 713-339-9015.