Challenging Change, the Biennial Florida State Refugee Consultation was a whirlwind of presenting about employment, promoting Higher resources and learning from peers and presenters.
Meaningful inclusion of refugee voices in panel presentations, dance performances and informal networking between sessions inspired everyone. Click here if you missed reading more about the employer partnership and training program that put more than 50 refugees to work at the Hyatt conference venue.
Reflecting the diversity of Florida and the event, here are four more things we learned that continue to resonate after a couple of weeks have passed:
1. 25% of refugee-eligible populations are resettled in Florida. (And their 180 day self sufficiency rate is 84%, 6% above the national average.)
2. Standardized tests are a barrier to high school graduation for older refugee youth. Click here to learn how this affects one of many refugee panelists whose voice was included in a meaningful way at the conference.
3. Swimming pool resurfacing is a thing and can offer job skills training and employment. LSS Northeast Florida shared this new employer lead that has resulted in several refugees promoted to supervisor and a committed employer hiring diverse client populations into a supportive workplace.