It's common for immigrant children to carry responsibilities beyond their years as they assist their parents as translators and caregivers for younger siblings. It's easy to judge a situation we've never experienced. The truth is that immigrant children often come from loving homes with parents who are working hard to survive without a support system. Their parents value education and desire a better life for their children, and the only way they know how to accomplish this is by working hard and trusting the schools to teach their children the skills and language they need to succeed.
Nationally, 25% of the children under 18 years old (and 33% of those between 18 and 30 years olds) are immigrants or are the children of immigrants.
Although every child has the same basic needs of being safe, valued and protected, immigrant children need extra time and attention because they're in the middle of a journey most of us will never take.
Many of our immigrant students move frequently, so we may only have the privilege of connecting with them for a year or a few semesters. This article from The Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring shares six strategies that will maximize our time with these special kids.