ALSACV Academy Programs
Based on a very successful pilot program in the city of Nashville, ALSACV has developed orientation programs, in partnership with Chesterfield and Henrico counties, My Chesterfield Academy and My Henrico Academy respectively, to help welcome and establish new immigrants to the region. (Downloadable Press Release PDF here)
The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants in 2016. The population of immigrants is also very diverse, with just about every country in the world represented among U.S. immigrants. As of 2018, the top five countries from which immigrants come are Mexico, China, India, Philippines, and El Salvador.
The Richmond Metropolitan Service Area has a population of roughly 1.28 million residents. Of this population, more than 10% are immigrants, and of those, the largest populations are from the Latino (~76,000 residents or 5.89%) and Asian (~49,000 or 3.82%) communities. This immigrant population is projected to exceed 30% of the general population by 2030 and reach 38% by 2040; in some localities, the growth is even higher. These immigrant communities provide major and sustained contributions, yet they encounter significant barriers to their growth and engagement within the region.
By helping new immigrants develop the skills and contacts necessary to navigate local governmental and social service systems independently, effectively, and efficiently they become active participants in improving the overall well being of our communities.
Upon graduation participants will:
- Gain a better understanding of how our government works
- Learn how to resolve issues and obtain information
- Be prepared to pursue leadership opportunities within the community
Each program will feature monthly seminar days over the course of seven months and run from June 2019 to January 2020. Participants will meet county officials and other service providers while touring county facilities. They will also explore how their local government works, learn how to resolve issues, and obtain information and resources.
Funding will be provided by ALSACV, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, and there is no cost to participate in either My Chesterfield Academy or My Henrico Academy. Participants will be required to deposit a $50 registration fee, which will be returned upon graduation. Individuals must be at least 21 years of age and must apply to be admitted to the programs. Applications will be accepted through April 12, 2019 and participants will be notified in early May.
My Chesterfield Academy Factsheet (downloadable PDF)
My Henrico Academy Factsheet (downloadable PDF)