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SRP 101, 2011


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SRP 101, 2011

  1. 1. Student Refugee Program Sponsorship 101 <ul><li>November 12, 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>14:00 – 14:30 - Welcome </li></ul><ul><li>14:30 – 15:30 - SRP 101 </li></ul><ul><li>15:30 – 16:00 - Plenary and program updates </li></ul><ul><li>16:00 – 16:15 - BREAK </li></ul><ul><li>16:15 – 17:00 - SRP Finances </li></ul><ul><li>17:00 – 18:00 - SRP: Sustaining the Program Together </li></ul><ul><li>18:00 – 18:30 - Questions and Conclusion </li></ul>AGENDA
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Student Refugee Program is a refugee resettlement program that enables refugee students to enter Canada as permanent residents and pursue their education at Canadian universities & colleges. </li></ul>THE “SRP”
  4. 4. <ul><li>The UN defines a refugee as a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality , and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself or the protection of that country”. </li></ul>WHO IS A REFUGEE?
  6. 6. SOME STATISTICS <ul><li>Refugees in the world as of Dec 2010: 10.55 million refugees </li></ul><ul><li>New permanent residents to Canada in 2010: 280,636 </li></ul><ul><li>Refugees sponsored for Canadian resettlement in 2010: 12,098 </li></ul><ul><li>Privately Sponsored Refugees in 2010: 4,833 </li></ul><ul><li>WUSC Sponsorships for 2011: *78 (+2) </li></ul>
  7. 7. INLAND CLAIMS OVERSEAS SELECTION REFUGEE PROTECTION IN CANADA Government assisted Private Sponsorship Joint Assistance Sponsorship Agreement Holders Groups of 5 Community Groups WUSC
  8. 8. WUSC is among over 70 Sponsorship agreement holders (SAH) in Canada and 10 in Quebec, but is the only organization in the world that pairs EDUCATION with refugee resettlement. UNIQUE IN THE WORLD
  9. 9. PRIVATELY SPONSORED REFUGEES <ul><li>Private sponsorship entails a guarantee to provide financial and personal settlement support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For 12 – 36 months </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF SRP STUDENTS <ul><li>Afghanistan,Burma, Burundi, Bhutan, Comoros Islands, Zaire/DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Iran, *Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zaire and Zimbabwe. </li></ul>
  11. 11. SRP OVERSEAS
  12. 13. WUSC’S PARTNERS <ul><li>UNHCR </li></ul><ul><li>The Canadian High Commission </li></ul><ul><li>The Governments of Countries of Asylum (Kenya, Malawi, & Syria) </li></ul><ul><li>Windle Trust (Kenya) </li></ul><ul><li>WUSC-Malawi </li></ul><ul><li>Jesuit Refugee Services </li></ul><ul><li>International Organization of Migration (IOM) </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Who is eligible for selection? </li></ul><ul><li>How are SRP students selected? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of preparation do they receive? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when they come to Canada? </li></ul>FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  14. 15. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? <ul><li>Requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>17-25 years old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized as refugee by country of asylum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed secondary school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prominent in English or French </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-reliant and Mature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single without Dependents </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Interview Circulation of Dossier Placement Medical Exam Education, English Classes, IOM Orientation Selection Academic Support CIC Forms Selection of Candidates Transition for end of sponsorship Finding a Job Applications Course Registration Welcome Admission Overseas In-Canada Fundraising Fundraising Public Awareness Public Awareness Social Support
  16. 17. The entire process takes around 2 years, but in terms of refugee sponsorship more generally this is a very short period of time. PREPARING FOR SPONSORSHIP
  17. 18. SRP IN CANADA The preparations for sponsorship take a minimum of 8 months, but for the first sponsorship preparations usually begin 2 years in advance
  18. 19. … there is someone to lend a helping hand… ONCE THE SPONSORED STUDENTS SET FOOT ON CANADIAN SOIL...
  19. 20. LOCAL COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES <ul><li>Commit to providing the sponsored student with financial, moral, and emotional support for a minimum of 12 months; </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure the support of the university or college and liaise with admissions and registrar; </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a budget and acquire the funds to support the student during their sponsorship; </li></ul><ul><li>Help the sponsored student prepare for autonomy after the sponsorship period. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Frequency of sponsorships on campus 1 student every 4 year to 4 students per year </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of sponsoring Local Committee: </li></ul><ul><li>Student-led, faculty/admin supported </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty/admin-led, student supported </li></ul><ul><li>Student government-led, staff supported </li></ul>VARIETY OF SPONSORSHIP MODELS
  21. 22. FINANCES <ul><li>When undertaking the sponsorship of a refugee, sponsoring groups commit to providing a minimum of 12 months of Financial support </li></ul>
  24. 25. RESOURCES
  25. 26. <ul><ul><li>SRP promotional materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>posters, buttons, t-shirt templates, a fact sheet, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Film database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profiles of former sponsored students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And much more! </li></ul></ul>WUSC’s Campus Engagement Team is always available to help! RESOURCES
  27. 28. Managing SRP Finances <ul><li>November 12, 2011 </li></ul>
  28. 29. <ul><li>How do SRP finances differ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of sponsorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding Models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money Management </li></ul></ul>EACH SPONSORING COMMITTE IS UNIQUE
  30. 31. FUNDING SOURCES <ul><li>Student Levies ( 86% have a levy) </li></ul><ul><li>Waivers (87%Tuition, 79% Accommodations, 63% Meals etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising Events </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Levies </li></ul><ul><li>Major partnerships (Unions, Lions Club) </li></ul>
  31. 32. FUNDING MODELS <ul><li>Frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Students (AVG: 1.34) </li></ul><ul><li>Expenses covered </li></ul>
  32. 33. MANAGING MONEY <ul><li>How does your campus manage SRP finances? </li></ul><ul><li>Across the country, funds of the SRP are managed by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty advisors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff of international offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VPs of Student Unions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff of Student Unions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Committees </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED <ul><li>Partnerships are important </li></ul><ul><li>INVOLVE Students in decision making, and managing their own budget </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t take for granted they know what a cheque is, what a bank card is, how loans work etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the budget thoroughly, but not in the first 48 hours. A written explanation can be helpful too. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget about income tax returns </li></ul>
  34. 35. INTENT TO SPONSOR FORMS Forms are due Nov. 27 th !
  35. 36. QUESTIONS?