SCSF was started in June 2009 when I saw a need for more focused education opportunities for high school students. Since the first summer literacy camp, SCSF has provided a wide range of services that fit within the mission of providing education, leadership, and assimilation opportunities to refugees and immigrants in Roanoke, Virginia.
SCSF has facilitated tutors for English language learner (Ell) students at Patrick Henry High School, William Fleming High School, and Stonewall Jackson Middle School. SCSF has developed partnerships with Virginia Tech, Roanoke College, Hollins University, and North Cross School to provide student mentors for Ell students in Roanoke City Public Schools.
Ndarugiriye Miriam Education Fund
In November of 2012, tragedy struck a Burundi family living in Roanoke. As a result, eight children – ranging from age four to 21 – were left without a mother and father. SCSF has created an account at Member One Credit Union to hold funds specifically for the purpose of helping to pay education costs for these eight children. The goal is for these children to remain focused on a goal of higher education even when their lives have been changed so dramatically.