Volunteer at Americana during Tax Season

Make a difference for refugees, immigrants, and low-income community members as a volunteer during tax season at Americana with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program!

Are you good with computers?

Do you want to help Americana?

Would you like to learn a new skill?

YOU CAN HELP! IT’S EASY!

Volunteer Opportunities:

TAX-PREPARER: Prepare individual federal and state tax returns, help individuals understand their tax returns, answer important tax questions, provide quality service to participants

GREETER: Welcome and interview participants, make sure they have a good experience, help coordinate schedules

VOLUNTEER NOW!

Email Nic for more information at nicolas.langford@americanacc.org
Or go to www.labservices.org, or call (502) 814-2715

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Annual Winter Festival

Americana’s 25th annual Winter Festival is a special evening for the families of Americana to get family portraits, play games, decorate cookies, and visit Santa. Over 300 children and their families will be part of this event on Friday, December 16th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, and we need your help!

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Here’s how you can help:

Donate toys, hats, and gloves

We are looking for donations of gifts, hats, and gloves for the families to make this winter enjoyable for them!

Host a donation drive

Interested in hosting a donation drive at your local school, business, or other organization? Feel free to do so! Contact clare@americanacc.org with any questions.

Volunteer at the event

We need volunteers to make this event possible! If you’re interested in volunteering (Dec 14-16th), please sign up here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren Gottworth at lauren.gottworth@americanacc.org.

 

Americana’s 4th Annual Dinner

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sponsors

Thanks for joining us and making our annual dinner a huge success!


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Please join the Master of Ceremonies, Dawne Gee, in honoring
Dr. Babar Muhammad and Djenita Pasic
with the Americana Dreamer Award.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! If you have RSVP’d and would like to pay online, please click the link below or return this form to Clare Rutz (clare@americanacc.org or 4801 Southside Drive, Lousiville, KY, 40214).

The dinner is cocktail attire.


We are accepting donations for our Silent Auction!

If you’d like to donate GOODS (wine, artwork, pottery), SERVICES (health and beauty, photography, legal services, gourmet dinners), or OTHER IDEAS (hotels/flight vouchers, time share, bourbon tours, gift baskets, anything!) please contact Clare Rutz at clare@americanacc.org or call the office at 502-366-7813.

And a special thank you to Doe-Anderson Advertising for generously donating their time and resources to help with this rebranding.

A Garden Party

You’re invited to a Garden Party! Join us Thursday, October 27th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Americana’s community garden. Learn about Americana’s community garden, meet some of our refugee and immigrant families, discover international ingredients and how to cook with them, and practice saving seeds.

There will be interesting snacks, music, and tours of Americana. We’re asking for a $10 suggested donation at the door to support the program. This event is family friendly and kids are free.

The Americana Community Garden consists of family plots where immigrants and refugees are empowered to grow food for themselves and their community. There is also a Children’s Garden where youth in Americana’s After School Program can get their hands dirty while learning about nutrition and environmental sustainability.

We are happy to announce that Americana, in partnership with RAPP (Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program), has plans to expand to a further acre of land onsite, providing growing space for over 100 more families!

All proceeds from this event will support Americana’s Community Garden program and will help us make this expansion possible!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

On Sept. 15th, Support Americana for Give Local Louisville!

Give Local Louisville is the biggest day of local giving in Louisville and it’s coming soon! On September 15th, show your support for Americana Community Center by…

  1. Giving online: https://givelocallouisville.org/npo/americana-community-center. Every dollar counts!
  2. Sharing information with your friends, family, and networks about the wonderful work our staff does and the amazing accomplishments of our participants.
  3. Encouraging others to support their favorite local non-profit on September 15th. (Bonus points if it’s Americana!)

All gifts to Americana on September 15th will support our Youth After School Program, which is already at full capacity with a waiting list. Give Local Louisville has lots of bonus prizes and incentives that could make your gift go even farther for us.

Americana Community Center provides holistic services for the refugee, immigrant, and low-income residents of Metro Louisville. These services enable youth, adults, and families to discover and utilize resources to bridge the gap from surviving to thriving.

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Job Opportunities at Americana

Americana is a vibrant environment with a creative, innovative, and collaborative staff who are committed to the immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals we serve. There are several opportunities for you to join our staff!

The Great Paella Cook Off

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Join us for our first annual Paella Cook Off at Louis’ “The Ton” on July 23, 2016 at 7pm. Entry will be $10 and all proceeds will go to our Family Education Program! This will be a 21+ event. Stay tuned for more details!

Check out the Facebook event here.

Learn More About Our Programs

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From July 2014 to June 2015, more than 5,000 refugees, immigrants, and low-income individuals, representing 99 counties and 37 zip codes in Louisville, came through Americana’s doors last year for the services Americana or our partners provide.

Since July 2015, 205 students enrolled in the After School Program and 55 families, including 66 adults and 78 children, in the Family Education Program. Every year, this number continues to grow while we strive to lower the number of hopeful participants on the waiting list.

Our middle and high school students attending After School Program at least 3 out of 4 days a week currently have a 3.3 GPA average and a 98.0% attendance rate while the total average is less than 94%.

6 out of 6 of our graduating seniors have been accepted to college! That continues our 4-year stretch of having 100% of our graduating seniors move on to post-secondary education.

12 families are beginning to take care of their garden plots in the Community Garden, and these families represent 6 different countries. The garden has plans to expand for those waiting to grow their own produce!

Last fiscal year, 24 families achieved 54 goals through the Family Coaching program. These goals included purchasing a home, transitioning from ESL to GED program, enrolling their children in the school of their choice, and acquiring health insurance.

91 sessions were held for community mental health counseling through our partnership with the Spalding University Doctorate of Psychology Program.

1269 participants enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes, including GED and ESL classes.

11,542 meals were served through Dare to Care’s Kids Café to all of our participants 18 and younger.

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College and Career Readiness Resources

If you are a student, parent/guardian, teacher, or counselor, check out the helpful resources below!

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Preparing for College

Why You Should Go to College:  There really are reasons that extra school after high school is worth it.

General Information about College and Career Readiness:  This extensive guide provides lots of useful information on everything from college applications to resume writing to interviewing and more.

Senior Timeline:  It’s one thing to know you want to go to college, but it is necessary to know the steps you need to take to get there.  This timeline outlines the concrete steps that high school seniors need to take to continue on to college.

High School Planner: Use this planner to help you figure out what classes you need to take each year in high school to prepare for college.  The following checklists give more guidance on what you need to do in each grade (and even in middle school!) to be college-ready:

Immigrant Parent Involvement in College Readiness:  If you are a counselor or college coach wanting to involve immigrant parents in the college-going process, here is some information and resources.

Applying to JCPS Middle and High Schools: Students in JCPS have the opportunity to apply to different middle and high schools so that they can go to a school focusing on subjects that interest them.  Here are some tips for applying.

Taking the ACT

ACT Prep Information:  The ACT is really challenging, especially if English is your second, third, or seventh language!  Here are some ideas to help you prepare for the ACT for free.

What to Do with a Low ACT Score: If your ACT score is lower than you would like, do not give up hope!

Building a Résumé

Volunteering Ideas:  Volunteering looks really good on resumes and applications, so here are some ideas for getting connected with volunteer opportunities.

Websites for Teen JobsIMG_1133:  A part-time job also looks good on a resume AND gives you the opportunity to earn some extra cash.  Check out these websites to search for jobs.

Career Resources:  Louisville has a lot of free and cheap resources for people looking to prepare for a career, improve their job skills, or even start their own business.

Choosing a College

College Comparison Sheet: When you are choosing colleges to apply to, use this sheet to gather information about the colleges.

College Evaluation: This sheet can help you gather important information about a single college to help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

College Summer Camp Programs: Summer camp programs at colleges are a fantastic way to get a taste of college life while you are still in high school.  All of the camps on this list are free and have a special application process.

Applying for College

How to Write about You–A Guide to Writing Application Essays: This guide is adapted from an article written by a successful Bioengineering PhD candidate.  Following are some examples of essays that other students wrote in order to be awarded scholarships or acceptance into college.

Financial Aid for College

Affording the College You Want to Go to: College is definitely expensive, but it is possible to make it affordable with a combination of grants and scholarships.

FAFSA Tips: If you have questions about how to do the FAFSA, check out this guide, which contains information specific to immigrant students.

Going to College

IMG_4807Going to JCTC: JCTC is a good college option for students in Louisville, and this document explains the process for applying to and enrolling in the college.

College Access for Undocumented Students:  If you are an undocumented student, you CAN go to college!  Here are some tips to help you access higher education.

How to Write a Research Paper:  If you are in high school or going to college, you will have to be able to write a research paper.  This guide walks you through the process step by step, and the following samples give an illustration of what the process and finished product might look like.

  • Research Paper Outline Sample:  An outline for a research paper does not need to be fancy or incredibly organized, but you do need to collect your research and thoughts before you begin writing.  Honestly, this should be more than half of the process!
  • Research Paper Sample:  Here is a short sample research paper with notes about how it is written.

Scholarships:

If you do a Google search for scholarships, the results can be overwhelming!  There are a ton of scholarships out there. Here is a list to get you started.

Lesson Plans:

Many curriculum about college and career readiness seem (to put it nicely) quite boring. Here are some more exciting ideas for incorporating college and career readiness into your middle and high school lesson plans!

About Us

Americana Community Center strives to provide a spectrum of services to the diverse individuals and families of the Louisville Metro area, including refugees, immigrants, and those born in the U.S. These services enable people to realize their individual potential, build strong families, and create a healthy and supportive community for all.

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The great cultural, ethnic and economic diversity of our community, especially the neighborhoods surrounding the Americana Community Center, provide a wealth of challenges and opportunities. Americana was founded to address these issues and currently serves individuals from 37 zip codes across Louisville and from 99 countries around the world.

Our services, programs, and referrals are designed to respond to the specific and changing needs of those we serve.

Americana Community Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.