The subjects to be covered include family health and wellness, nutrition, using the public library, obtaining an ID or drivers license, USA culture, raising a special needs child, financial literacy (opening a bank account, using a credit card), domestic violence and family security issues, job skills, partnering your children’s education, parenting for success, steps to American citizenship, entrepreneurship, and much more.
Classes will be offered in English with interpreters for groups who speak Amharic, Tigrinya, French, Kuryndi, Burmese, Nepali, Spanish, Dinka and Arabic. The Life Skills Program for New American Women is funded by a grant from The Dallas Women’s Foundation.
Tekeste Woldezghi, president of the United Eritrean American Families of Dallas, Inc., said: "Our organization is thrilled to be part of this unique DFW International initiative that enables immigrant women to become active participants in the DFW metroplex as well as in their own communities. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents are New Americans, and this trailblazing initiative will serve as an instrument of change in the lives of women and their families.” Mac Mekonnen, chairman of the Mutual Assistance Association for the Ethiopian Community, appreciates “the support extended by the Dallas Women’s Foundation that will facilitate newly-arrived Ethiopian women’s understanding of the American way of life and will serve as springboards as they establish their new homes in this great nation of immigrants.”
DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the region's ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at dfwinternational.org/.
The nonprofit also produces the Dallas International Festival, Fiesta Latinoamericana!, the DFW International Dinner with the Mayors, and many more cultural and community development programs. For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, call 972-661-2764.