Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy
The LIRS Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy is a unique and powerful training program that equips former refugees and migrants to become ambassadors for migrant and refugee issues in their local communities by equipping them with leadership enrichment skills and legislative advocacy tools. Participants become energized and ready to mobilize their communities and engage in ongoing outreach efforts in order to create welcoming communities. Our goal for the 2015 Migrant and Refugee Leadership Academy was to lift up the voices of all migrants and refugees and empower them to become strong advocates for issues of importance to their communities. We focused on the rich power of storytelling and trained participants to share their own powerful and life-changing stories.
Since its inception, the Academy has trained over 150 refugees and migrants from thirty-seven states. Participants are chosen from a pool of applicants with demonstrated leadership experience, strong ties to their local communities, and a desire to mobilize others in support of pro-migrant and refugee attitudes and policies. Academy attendees represent many countries of origin, and each has an inspiring story of overcoming hardship to become a community leader.