Literacy Together will provide ESOL tutors for 40 Afghan newcomers

Thanks for your interest in becoming an English tutor for one of the Afghan newcomers who will resettle in the Asheville area. We are overwhelmed with gratitude at the response we have received.

If you participated in one of the two Zoom information sessions the week of October 11:  We mentioned we would send you instructions to “Take the Next Steps”.  You will see a link to that form below. Please take a few minutes to complete and return it to get the process underway.  Thanks!  We also included the brief YouTube video of the ESOL program director that was included in our presentation but not audible to many of you.  

For those who were not able to join us for one of the scheduled Zoom sessions:  We recorded a summary of what was covered.  You can access that below.  It will answer many of the questions you may have.  Please also watch the YouTube video of Erin Sebelius, the ESOL program director who briefly describes the overall program and the training.  If you want to proceed after viewing both video presentations, please complete and send in the “Take the Next Steps” Form.  Thanks!

We included information below on an upcoming webinar on Afghan culture.  If there is a recording available after the webinar takes place, we will post a link on this site.

We will do our best to remain in touch and keep you updated as all of this unfolds.  We appreciate your interest!

Cindy Threlkeld
Executive Director

If you can’t tutor but are willing to help in other ways, please send an email to:

Next Steps Form – click here


Who are the Afghan Newcomers?
Understanding the Background and Socio-Cultural Strengths and Needs of Afghan Evacuees to the United States

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00-3:30PM ET

What will this webinar cover?
This webinar will provide an overview of events leading to the displacement of Afghan newcomers to the U.S. (also known as evacuees from Afghanistan). It will also cover the social and cultural aspects that distinguish this population from other refugee groups in the United States. This foundational information will help participants be better positioned to properly support newly arrived Afghans through services that align with their socio-cultural strengths and needs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel composed of qualified experts on the topic.

Is this webinar for me?
This webinar will be useful for all resettlement service providers who will be working with incoming Afghan clients, including humanitarian parolees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, and others. The webinar will also be beneficial for community members who are interested in learning about the latest developments in Afghanistan and the various intersecting struggles Afghan new arrivals may face post-resettlement, for the purposes of easing and facilitating their transition to life in the U.S.

Why should I participate?
After participating in this 90-minute session, you will be able to:  

  • Define “Afghan newcomers” and recognize the events that have led to their displacement;
  • Name basic cultural guidelines related to “do’s” and “don’ts” when interacting with Afghan clients;
  • Name expectations and misconceptions about resettlement services in the United States that you may encounter among Afghan clients; and
  • Communicate with the Afghan newcomers more effectively using provided tips and guidelines.


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