First Steps Press

First Steps Press Resources for refugees and those who serve them
FirstSteps Press is a non-profit publisher of materials designed to help refugees resettling to the United States. The highly-visual and dynamically-designed materials are research-based, tested and thoughtfully planned to provide critical information necessary for daily living in the U.S. FirstSteps Press is a subsidiary organization of Exodus World Service, a non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteers to welcome refugees to the Chicagoland area.
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First Steps Press prepares refugees to take their first steps toward a new home in the United States by producing quality materials that educate refugees, equip volunteers and foster meaningful relationships. Materials produced by First Steps Press are research-based, design-driven and user-friendly.

Mission: Our Core Values: * Engagement: Using contextualization, relevancy and excellent design to engage refugees * Choice: Communicating information which equips refugees to make independent and informed choices in the American context *Innovation: Developing a variety of communication tools to reinforce core messages *Relationship: Creating resources that foster mutually beneficial relationships between refugees and their new American neighbors *Encouragement: Using a voice of encouragement to build on refugee strengths *Trust: Inspiring the confidence of refugees

12/20/2013

Learning English is one of the keys for refugees finding opportunity in the U.S. http://bit.ly/J1Pi89

A beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book makes a great gift to give this Christmas. Even for non-refugees...
12/04/2013
FirstSteps Press | Resources for refugees and those who serve them

A beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book makes a great gift to give this Christmas. Even for non-refugees, this story is great for broadening cultural perspective. http://bit.ly/IMWiWo

Beautifully-illustrated bilingual book that enchants both children and adults. A Burmese mother retells the story of her family's adjustment to life in the United States as she prepares her daughter for her first day of kindergarten. The story encourages readers with resilience in the face of obstac...

It's official! We are launched. What an incredible night - we
11/20/2013

It's official! We are launched. What an incredible night - we

FirstSteps Press wouldn't be possible without the support and commitment of SO many volunteers. An army of writers, edit...
10/31/2013

FirstSteps Press wouldn't be possible without the support and commitment of SO many volunteers. An army of writers, editors, designers, photographers, illustrators and models are just a handful of the roles that you see the fruit of in these pieces. A fun and little know fact is that the books are filled with custom photography (of our friends!) so generously donated by Simply Jessie Photography and Oijoy Photo A few of our super star (volunteer!) models are featured here. Rick Franklin. Hsawahwah Htoo. Erica Short Kristie Turner Monteiro. Ashley Boyle. Lena Yohey. Jenn Bricker. Jolene Dejong. Uma Mishra. Jon Steinmeier. Chri Zine

How is it different to teach refugees in an ELL classroom? Here's some good perspective: http://bit.ly/1gNVuwW
10/17/2013
How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom | ELL Topics from A-Z | Colorín Colorado

How is it different to teach refugees in an ELL classroom? Here's some good perspective: http://bit.ly/1gNVuwW

Many ELL teachers may work with refugee students in the classroom, particularly in a region of the country where large refugee communities are settling. This article explores the unique challenges that both refugee students and their teachers face, as well as a number of suggestions of ways to addre...

10/11/2013

The Presidential Refugee Determination for FY 2014 is 70,000: the majority of the allocations will go to Near East/South Asia, Africa and East Asia.

10/11/2013

The United States takes more than twice as many refugees as all countries from the rest of the industrialized world combined

10/11/2013

Since 1975, the U.S. has resettled over 3 MILLION refugees

10/11/2013

About 35 - 40 percent of all refugees resettled in the U.S. are children.

10/11/2013

U.S. Refugee Resettlement began following WWII when more than 250,000 displaced Europeans were admitted into this country. When Congress enacted the Displaced Persons Act of 1948, the U.S. allowed an additional 400,000 European refugees to resettle here.

10/11/2013

According to the UNHCR, 30 refugee situations exist where the number of refugees has been over 25,000 or more for at least 5 consecutive years

10/11/2013

42 million people have been uprooted worldwide. Of that number 15.2 million are refugees. 80% of all refugees are women, children and the elderly

First Steps: An Introduction to Life in America (Karen)http://bit.ly/1bMy0ZwThoughtfully designed book that offers a det...
10/11/2013

First Steps: An Introduction to Life in America (Karen)
http://bit.ly/1bMy0Zw

Thoughtfully designed book that offers a detailed presentation of the critical day-to-day information especially valuable to recently arrived refugees. Format is highly visual and illustrates key information with original photographs of real-life situations. Text is in both English and Sgaw Karen. Topics covered include basics in navigating: Transportation, Employment, Education, Housing, Health, Nutrition, Finances, and American Living. Sections can be used together or as stand-alone units. Book is research-based and easily integrates into existing ESL curriculum. Also effective for group or individual cultural orientation.

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10/11/2013

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This is a look at some of the products currently offered by FirstSteps Press, however more are available on our website ...
10/10/2013

This is a look at some of the products currently offered by FirstSteps Press, however more are available on our website (www.firststepspress.org). All proceeds from the sale of these products support the continuation of FirstSteps Press.

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About Refugees Refugees are courageous survivors. Forced to flee their homeland by terror and persecution, the majority live warehoused in remote refugee camps waiting for an opportunity to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety. Every year the United States resettles approximately 75,000 refugees. Most lost friends and family members during their difficult journey to the US and battle isolation and loneliness when they arrive. They also face the significant challenge of starting over in a new language and culture. Refugees currently coming to the United States include: Burmese – members of minority ethnic groups, such as the Karen, Karenni, Chin and others, who were violently oppressed by the ruling military dictatorship and have spent the last fifteen years or longer waiting in refugee camps on the Thai/Burma border. Bhutanese – members of the Lhotshampa ethnic group, who were forced into exile by the Bhutanese government in the early 1990’s and have been living in refugee camps in Nepal ever since. Iraqi – targeted by insurgents because they are members of religious minorities or suspected of assisting US troops.

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