Local and National Community Resources
On this page are resource links for multicultural/diversity education. Click on any of the links to visit the location, but be aware that you will probably have to use the back button in your browser to return to this website. Most links will not have a return link to this site.
JCPS Library Media Services (LMS) provides centralized support for all school libraries in the district and maintains the Professional Library, Curriculum Resource Center, and Archives and Records Center. The department also works with textbooks and related instructional materials.
Doors to Hope
Provides learning/educational opportunities, encourages community involvement, and engages in advocacy for women and immigrant families—especially to the south central area of Louisville. Programs include school tutoring, General Educational Development (GED) mentoring in Spanish, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, computer access, and women’s group.
A nonprofit, member-based organization whose mission is to promote crosscultural awareness, education, and tolerance through nonpartisan discussions on current international issues. WAC provides a speaker series, an international visitors' program, and education-centered opportunities. WAC provides the community with the tools and knowledge to develop an informed citizenry and increase the global competency of students, educators, and professionals.
Sister Cities of Louisville (SCL) strives to foster a continuing reciprocal relationship between the people of Louisville and our Sister Cities. To that end, SCL promotes, fosters, and publicizes local, state, and national programs of international municipal cooperation. Likewise, SCL encourages other organizations to engage and participate in such programs and to promote friendly relations and mutual understanding.
Asia Institute—Crane House, Inc., is a cultural center in Louisville. Its mission is to foster mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and Asia.
The PACT in Action (Park Hill, Algonquin & California Teens) is a project partnership between the Center for Women and Families and KentuckyOne Health. It is an initiative to increase youth safety by reducing the incidence of teen dating violence in the neighborhoods of the 40210 ZIP code. The program trains youth in teen dating violence prevention, conflict resolution, and leadership skills. Youth are involved in general membership or as part of a youth advisory board. PACT adults and/or youth are also available to come to schools, communities, etc., to conduct various education sessions about dating violence, healthy relationships, etc.
Provides peer mediation and conflict-resolution workshops in elementary, middle, or high school classrooms as well as teen leadership opportunities on bullying prevention and diversity issues
Louisville Metro Government Office of Youth Development
Rebecca DeJarnatt, Coordinator
701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40203
The Office of Youth Development is part of Louisville Metro Government under the umbrella of Community Services. This office provides some funding for youth-serving agencies through a yearly application process and also provides free professional-development opportunities for people in the community who work with youth in out-of-school-time programs. They offer Youth Worker Training monthly, Methods Training monthly, and a four-hour IMPACT Training quarterly. Their trainings have integrated cultural diversity in understanding and connecting with youth cultures. They focus on positive youth development. There is a searchable database on the website that has information for parents looking for programming for their youth.
- An education and workforce development program supporting young adults who want to turn their lives around by completing their high school education or General Educational Development (GED)
- Assists youth in acquiring skills to earn a living wage and in becoming active leaders in their neighborhoods and communities
- Students spend time in the classroom working on earning their GED and spend time focusing on developing skills in either construction or healthcare.
- Founded in 1991, the Fairness Campaign is Kentucky’s broad-based community effort dedicated to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
- Provides LGBT 101 and antibullying training to educators
- Provides resources for LGBT-friendly counseling and support to all ages
- Provides a limited number of student internships each year for those considering a career in nonprofit or LGBT advocacy
- Provides a specific focus on trans youth
- Provides a safe and supportive place for youth questioning their sexuality
- Provides mentors for youth
- Support groups for parents and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender
- Provides opportunities to converse about sexual orientation and gender identity
- Provides opportunities for Hispanic youth and their families to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to function cross-culturally and to contribute to society as informed and proactive citizens
- Provides tutoring, mentoring, college-readiness/ACT preparation, and enrichment programs to Hispanic youth
- Provides services to refugees, immigrants, and those born in the United States
- Currently serves participants from 98 different nationalities from 36 different ZIP codes
- Provides Adult Basic Education, GED classes, and ESL for adults
- Provides family education programs, teen coaching, and after-school programs for youth
- Provides tutoring, homework help, college and career readiness, physical education, and more
Bhutanese Society of Kentucky (nonprofit organization since 2009)
For support and contacts:
Buddha Dhakal, (502) 510-7170
Nirmal Guragai, (502) 365-8802
Bhim Koirala, (502) 356-9689
Agni Kharel, (502) 408-0425
This organization assists students and families in finding resources, English language and citizenship classes, native language classes, and health education and awareness. The organization works as a community of volunteers assisting students and their families with navigating the system.
This nonprofit agency provides resettlement services to refugees legally admitted to the United States. The agency assists Cuban/Haitian entrants admitted under a special program for Cuban immigration ; secures housing and medical care for refugees and provides them with comprehensive case management, including employment services, educational and cultural orientation programming, and specialized programs for refugee youth and elders; and offers classes for refugees and immigrants preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship.
The MRS Youth Services team works with newly arrived refugee families who are resettled through the agency. Services include:
- Assistance with school registrations through the ESL Intake Center.
- Teaching a school preparedness class to students prior to enrollment.
- Facilitating communication between clients and schools, when possible.
- Scheduling parent-teacher conferences and providing transportation for families.
- Providing transportation to Exceptional Child Education (ECE) meetings.
- A mentoring program with the goals of improving school attendance and grades.
- A program throughout the summer for children of adults attending ESL classes at Catholic Charities.
- Early Childhood enrollment assistance.
- Parent orientations about navigating JCPS, policies, etc.
Contact: Alix Davidson Keller
Refugee Youth Services Coordinator
(502) 873-2566, Ext. 110
2234 West Market Street
Louisville, KY 40212
Refuge Louisville, Inc.
Sam Rai, Mobilization Coordinator, email@example.com, (502) 594-2189
This agency educates youth on economic literacy and educational success , assists with basic health and safety, provides mentoring, and works with Bhutanese refugee youth as well as international youth populations in Louisville.
La Casita provides support groups for Hispanic/Latino families whose children have special needs ; assists with personal development for Hispanic/Latino men, boys, and families ; and provides parenting classes. It also creates opportunities for education and community engagement and assists families with basic needs.
The Ali Center's Education Department offers a variety of programming, initiatives, and partnerships in which people of any age can participate to enrich their lives on their personal journeys to greatness. In particular, the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) is a diverse group of young leaders, committed to improving themselves and their communities through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s six core principles: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality, and Giving. As a youth-led organization, these dynamic students make decisions that guide the course of their service work and leadership development. In 2014-15, MACCS was made up of 55 students representing 22 regional high schools.
A Louisville-based disability rights organization located at 981 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Islamic Cultural Center of Louisville
4007 Upper River Road
Japan Center of Greater Louisville
A Japanese cultural center with Japanese Day School for kids on Saturdays
Knobview Hall 225, Indiana University Southeast (IUS)
Keiko Kuwabara, Director, (812) 941-2683
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Bridge Kids International is a global nonprofit organization helping young people of Africa and the African Diaspora, aged 13 to 25, unleash their social entrepreneurial spirits to solve economic development, education, environmental, girls’ rights, and health challenges and build sustainable communities.
YMCA Black Achievers believes that everyone should have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. The program motivates teens in grades eight through twelve to pursue high educational and career goals so that they can reach their fullest potential.
The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assists participants with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
The Lincoln Foundation provides educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.
The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program annually recruits academically motivated seventh-grade students in the Louisville metropolitan area and, over a six-year period, prepares them for high school graduation and a successful transition into college. Eligible students must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and qualify for the free or reduced-price meal program. The ultimate goal of these educational enrichment programs is academic achievement and college graduation.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty.
The organization functions for charitable and educational purposes, primarily to educate and inform the general public—particularly women, youth, and minority communities—regarding diseases (Lupus in particular) and other physical, social, and environmental conditions that disproportionately affect these segments of the population.
The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds program honors outstanding high schools students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence, and given back to their communities.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security.
Youth Alive, Inc., is a progressive youth service organization that seeks to enhance the lives of at-risk youth by providing them with role models and a network of support mentors to guide and direct them in their developmental years as they become our future leasers. This guidance is based on the Seven Principles concept created by Kenneth Boyd, executive director and founder of Youth Alive. These principles are integrity, discipline, leadership, empathy, self-respect, academic performance, and community involvement.
As part of a broader National Urban League network of historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States, the Louisville Urban League has worked to assist disadvantaged people in obtaining social and economic parity. The Louisville Urban League, like all National Urban League affiliates, is dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities, with a focus on jobs, justice, education, health, and housing.
The goal of the Men of Quality mentoring program is to help young men set realistic goals, realize that the future belongs to those who are prepared, and become role models that can share their time, resources, and efforts in giving back to our community and our country. The program is offered in various middle and high schools throughout the JCPS District.
Farhan Abdi, Executive Director
737 South 8th Street, #100
Louisville, KY 40203
Sudanese Community Kentucky
1519 Crums Lane, #49
Louisville, KY 40216
- Provides youth leadership and mentorship workshops
- Empowers women and encourages youth to focus in schools
- Provides youth sports clubs