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A pharmacy technician course, free health screenings, and a Buford Highway feast
Happenings and opportunities in and around the perimeter this month.
Saturday, August 5
Youth Conference: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is hosting an organizing conference for Asian and LatinX youth over age 16. The theme of the conference is “finding one’s role through nontraditional organizing tactics, such as art 🎨, storytelling 📖, writing 🖋️, or academia.” 9am - 5:30pm. 5680 Oakbrook Pkwy suite 148, Norcross, 30093. Breakfast, lunch, and swag included. *Deadline to apply has been extended to today, August 2nd.* Details here, and application here.
Summer school sessions: Los Vecinos de Buford Highway is hosting their virtual escuelita sessions that include lessons for parents as well as stories at the end of class for any participating children. Free. 2 pm, Zoom. Another session will be held on Saturday, August 12th. Details here.
Monday, August 7 & Tuesday August 8
Resume Writing/Interview Skills Workshop: Join the Latin American Association for a two-day series of workshops that will “transform your resume / interview skills into powerful tools that will help you get that job you want.” Registration is first come, first serve and is limited to 15 people, so register early. Free. 8:30am-12pm, 2750 Buford Highway, NE Atlanta, GA 30324. Details and registration here.
Thursday, August 10
Immigration resources seminar with Rep. Hank Johnson: In conjunction with the Latin American Association, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA 4th District) will hold a seminar for the immigrant community members in the area to explain available resources and share tips for interacting with federal agencies. The event will also feature U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center, and the Department of State Medicare/Medicaid. Free. 10am-12pm, Latin American Association; 2750 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. Details here.
Saturday, August 12
Arabic Language and Cultural Open House: The Alif Institute is hosting an open house where people can learn more about their fall/winter Arabic language programs. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet instructors and find out about how the institute can help them reach their language-learning goals. Free. 12-3pm, Alif Institute; 3288 Marjan Dr, Atlanta, GA 30340. Find more information about the open house, other programs including Sahtain wa Hanah, and Arabic classes, sign up for The Alif Institute’s newsletter.
Wednesday, August 16
Computer classes for Spanish speakers: Gwinnett County Public Library is hosting computer classes at their Peachtree Corners Library to teach people how to use computers and explain available resources for learning technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a laptop home from the library for three weeks using a library card. Free. 11am-12pm, Peachtree Corners Library; 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA, 30092-2501. Details here.
Saturday, August 19
Feria de Salud: Join the Latin American Association for a health fair that will provide members of the Latino community with on-site screening and tests. The fair also connects people to outside resources related to health care, housing, education, immigration, and more. The first 150 people who register for the fair are guaranteed an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome, but will not be guaranteed the same services. Free. 9am-3pm, Atlanta Outreach Center; 2750 Buford Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30324. Details here.
Thursday, August 24
FEAST with We Love Buford Highway: We Love Buford Highway is hosting their annual fundraising celebration complete with flavors, experiences, arts, tastes, and stories (F.E.A.S.T.). The night features a local Bazaar and Night Market, and all tickets purchased include a two-course meal, beverages, a live auction, live cultural arts performances, and dancing. “Immigrant communities have for nearly half a century, made this Highway a home filled with hope and belonging. We Love Buford Highway's mission of preserving the corridor's multicultural identity is vital now more than ever during a time of rapid development and change. How can you help? Pull up a chair, exhale, and come to FEAST,” the event description says. $125 per ticket. 6-10pm, Spring Hall Events; 7130 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340. Tickets and more information here.
Community stories in Norcross: Canopy Atlanta, the community journalism nonprofit that powers 285 South, is seeking Norcross residents to get involved in the upcoming Norcross issue. Learn about paid opportunities to join the CA fellowship program, Community Editorial Board, and more. Details and application here.
Georgia Muslim Voter Project job opening: The Georgia Muslim Voter Project is looking for a full-time operations coordinator who would be in charge of “taking the internal side of [GAMVP’s] operations to the next level of performance.” The organization is looking for candidates who are organized and passionate about making change for the Muslims in Georgia. Details here and application here.
Donate hygiene items: New American Pathways (NAP) is currently in need of several types of hygiene items including but not limited to hand soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, and shampoo as they have recently welcomed several new families. See more information here and view their Amazon wishlist here.
Mentors needed: NAP is also looking for volunteers to mentor refugees interested in all industries, but especially business, HR, information technology, and teaching. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 3 months of mentorship, and check-in weekly with mentees (virtually or in person.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, and additional details here.
Become a pharmacy tech with the IRC: Atlanta’s International is offering a 10-week long course where students will learn the keys to success when it comes to being a pharmacy technician. The program is intended for refugees, asylees, humanitarian parolees, and SIV recipients. Limited scholarships are available, and anyone interested can contact Sam Camirand at email@example.com. Details here.
Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar submissions:The Latino Community Fund - Georgia is putting together a calendar of events celebrating the Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month in Georgia, which begins in September. If you or your organization would like your event to be included, fill out this form here.
Refuge Coffee 5K registration: Sign up for the 8th annual 5K in Clarkston hosted by Refuge Coffee on September 23rd. Proceeds support Refuge’s mission to train and employ immigrants and refugees. Details here, registration here, and info about race sponsorships and volunteering here and here.
Calendar content gathered by Abby Ann Ramsey, Atlanta Press Club Intern.
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