Reflecting on the MB, Refugee Dream Center partnership

By Maddy K. ’19

 

The second big partnership event between Moses Brown and the Refugee Dream Center took place in November. Members of the Youth Mentorship program from RDC played lots of soccer in the small back parking lot last year, and the soccer enthusiasm here at MB has grown with the team sizes and Boys’ Varsity State Championship this year. Considering soccer is such a loved and universal sport, I thought why not host a fun game on one of our great fields here at MB?

The goal was to bring together refugees and students in a friendly collaborative environment where they can meet, work together, have fun, and build relationships. All was accomplished despite the weather, resulting in a change of venues to the Field House. We saw more student interest this year in getting involved with the Youth Mentorship program from middle and upper school students. There was a fantastic turnout of about 50 middle school students, many of whom were on the soccer team, and about 10 upper school students. Middle school faculty Maureen Nagle, Jon Gold, Jim Skillings, and Karim Sow all did a fantastic job of simultaneously running two scrimmage games and mixing up small teams of MB students and the 15 refugees there. A few refugees asked me “can we please do this again?” At the very end, those who were left signed two soccer balls as gifts and partnership symbols of the event, one was given to RDC, and one is now kept here at Moses Brown!