Languages of Boise
Thank you for all your amazing support!!!
The Languages of Boise PonyUp campaign has closed, but you can still make a gift!
Just visit https://give.boisestate.edu/ and use AR280 in the Fund ID space.
Helping Boise better serve refugees
As one of two resettlement cities in Idaho, Boise welcomes approximately 600-800 refugees each year. Our city’s newest residents bring with them new cultures and a variety of languages not otherwise heard in Idaho. We are in the process of creating a web app that will allow service providers and community members to better communicate with refugees in more effective, culturally appropriate ways. The app contains language and cultural resources based on information we have gathered from a wide variety of online sources and from speakers of the languages right here in Boise.
In addition to information about the language and culture, we are also developing a small collection of frequently used words and phrases, which will be translated and recorded into each of our local refugee languages. Our project is maintained by linguistics faculty and students at Boise State University, with the support of our Community Advisory Board -- service providers and community members who wish to help empower refugees and New Americans. In order to make this project a reality, we need to raise funds to pay for the development and hosting of the website, as well as to pay our language consultants and interpreters for their time and knowledge. We want all members of the Boise community to use and benefit from this resource and with this funding we can make it free for everyone.
Students engaged in data collection, project management and technical editing
Each year, a team of student writers and editors will work on the project to update information and make sure that the app represents current resettlement trends. Since the arrival of refugees from different countries and regions of the world is influenced by the volatility and adversity caused by different world events, we will be updating information on the app regularly. Additionally, at the end of each academic year, we’ll be publishing an e-Book with the most current content from the app. We are proud to have this unique opportunity to serve the community, while allowing students involved in the project to acquire important project management and community engagement skills that will help them with their careers.
Make a difference in the community while empowering student leadership
We need your support to reach our goal of $4,500 which will help fund this unique opportunity to better serve our community! Join us with the Languages of Boise PonyUp Project to make a difference in the daily lives of our refugee population while empowering student leadership! Please donate and share our project with your friends and family!