“The Sky is not the Limit – You Are.”

How one woman is making strides for equity and inclusion in her city – for everyone. This is another entry in Canopy’s March series celebrating strong female leaders who support refugee resettlement and live out holistic, inclusive community leadership. By Hannah Lee, Director of Community Engagement In January, Governor Hutchinson called Arkansas’ leaders to make…

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Strong Women Leaders Are Building a Better, More Inclusive Community

Let Us Introduce You. By Hannah Lee, Director of Community Engagement In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, all month long we are celebrating strong women in our community. Throughout March, we are highlighting the amazing stories and work of some incredible women right here in Northwest Arkansas. Not only are these women…

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Arkansans For Refugees: Students for Refugees

In general, being a college student is synonymous with a few things: Always feeling tired. Busy. Busy. Busy. Shoestring budget. Can college students, who are typically overwhelmed with papers, exams, campus events, and student loans really afford to invest so much time, energy, and effort into supporting refugees and refugee resettlement? The answer is YES!…

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Canopy’s High School Employment Program

By Lyna Ninkham, Employment Specialist I first met Mussa “Moses” Mwenda in Summer 2019 when the Canopy team was discussing what it would look like to implement a High School Employment Program. I had joined Canopy NWA as their Employment Specialist prior in March 2019 and had quickly learned that the three main barriers for…

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Dreaming Big: Canopy’s After-School Program for Teens

By Hannah Lee, Director of Community Engagement I had the privilege to sit down with Canopy’s very own Volunteer Coordinator, Danielle Bennett, who currently oversees Canopy’s After-School Program for our teenagers! Canopy’s After-School program aims to provide each student with academic support, help bridge cultural gaps, and create a space with supportive relationships where students…

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Our Voice Matters-2 Powerful Ways to Show Solidarity With Our Refugee Neighbors

1. Thank Our Elected Leaders for Their Consent & Support President Trump passed an Executive Order passed in September 2019 (since halted by a federal judge), requiring refugee resettlement agencies to obtain state and local consent to continue placing refugees in their communities. For Canopy, this meant gaining official consent from Washington County and our…

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3 Ways Refugees Make America Better

By Hannah Lee, Director of Community Engagement Today, a public hearing was held at the Capitol in response to Governor Hutchinson’s official consent of refugee resettlement in our state. I had the honor of listening as our Governor not only stood firmly by his decision to consent to refugee resettlement, he advocated for our refugee…

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Arkansans For Refugees.

Time and time again, studies have shown that refugee resettlement in America is good for everyone. It benefits our economy, it strengthens our communities, and it reflects our values as American citizens. It’s also something that brings us all together. It turns out that all kinds of people support refugee resettlement for various reasons— Farmers….

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