At the Y, strengthening communities is our cause and we are committed to helping all people reach their full potential. We believe the strength and cohesiveness of our communities is linked to the overall prosperity of the nation.
With more than 42 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States, it is more important than ever to foster an environment that encourages immigrant integration and community cohesion.
The YMCA’s New American Welcome Centers (NAWC) are designed to help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. NAWCs accomplish this through a combination of integration services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents.
The NAWC integration model empowers immigrants to achieve their full potential and prepares receiving communities to be inclusive through a focus on:
New American Welcome Centers Build Communities that are:
Cohesive: A vibrant society shared and valued by established and newcomer residents of different experiences, histories, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Revitalized: A revitalization of declining communities through the contributions of immigrant families working in tandem with their U.S.-born neighbors.
Inclusive: Communities welcome and embrace all dimensions of diversity and celebrate the rich cultural fabric of our society.
Globally connected: Increased productivity and a robust global economy through an expanded base of multi-lingual and multicultural workers, consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs.
Vibrant democracies: A social and cultural environment in which all groups are accepted as equal members of society with the opportunity—and responsibility— to engage and contribute to the common good.
Secure: A more secure nation where all members of society—regardless of race, national origin, or socio-economic status—live in dignity and equality.