Programs and Services
Since its inception, BACI has assisted more than 4000 individuals through its various programs and service provisions. BACI’s main source of funding is grants from governmental agencies and local foundations. BACI’s programs consist of the following:
- BACI ADVOCACY
BACI believes that to successfully integrate into a new community while maintaining one’s own cultural identity, the Burmese and the American communities both need to educate each other and respect each other’s cultural norms.
BACI engages with the stakeholders and service providers in our community–businesses, community based organizations, non-profits, neighborhood associations, churches, government agencies, educational institutions, leaders and policy makers – through events, meetings, and presentations.
- Educational Institution
Under its educational institution, BACI has developed and implemented the following programs:
- Upward College Program for HSS
- Upward College Program for Adults
- Upward College Summer Scholars Program
- College Persistence and Career Counseling Program
- Civic and Culture Education Program
- Childcare Microenterprise Development Program (Project completed Sept. 2014)
- INDY (Inform, Navigate, Direct You) Program, and
- Employment and Microenterprise Development Program (EMDP)
EMDP assists the refugee community members with job placement through organized job fairs, one-on-one employment assistance, and transportation assistance. The targeted population is the Burmese refugees who already live minimum of 180 days in the US.
Under the Burmese Community Integration Project, we have expanded and strengthened the Upward College Program (UCP) for High School students that helps the students with college preparedness linguistically and academically, as well as for their future success, the Civic and Culture Education program (CCEP) that empowers new Americans with security in their rights and liberties, and Employment and Microenterprise Development (EMED), which assists newcomers to be self-sufficient and allows them to give back to their communities and contribute to economic growth.
- Special Programs and Project
- Special Projects on the issues and topic such as Health Fair, Financial Literacy Classes, Nutrition Classes, English for The Workplace Program (Indianapolis Public Libraries) etc.
- Community Integration Guidebook has also been published. The Chin (Lai-Hakha) version is available and the Burmese version is being translated. Please stay tuned.
- As part of the Burma initiative, strategic partnership has been developed with Indiana University’s Office of International Development (OID) and the Institute for International Business at Kelley School of Business (IIB). Through this partnership, BACI had organized the unprecedented U.S.-Myanmar Engagement Conference in May 2015 where the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a video keynote, as well as hosted the OID’s Youth Leadership Program with Burma for two days in the past three years and have agreed to continue its partnership for the next three years.
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