USA

Refugees Living in Salt Lake City

In USA Since 2019

Currently seeking adult volunteers in the Salt Lake City area!  Do you love music, love kids, have some Tuesday nights open, and want to change the world? Contact us!

The Shropshire Music Foundation opened its first-ever program in the United States in 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Local teenage volunteers in the pilot program dedicated many hours of training before launching their first class at Granite Park Junior High.  They provided nearly one-on-one instruction to enthusiastic refugee youth.  After a COVID hiatus, a new group of volunteers is launching another round of classes at Granite Park Junior High once again!

The program is being managed partially by our director, Liz Shropshire, but predominantly by our Utah Volunteer Director, Alisa Broadbent. Alisa has donated hundreds of hours to identifying classroom locations, teaching, supervising classes and recruiting both volunteers and participants. She has been involved with the refugee and immigrant population for many years and has previously served as Volunteer Coordinator for The Refugee and Immigrant Center- Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU) and The Good Samaritan Foundation. She also spent time in the English Language Classroom (RIC-AAU) helping teach English to students of many diverse cultures.

These refugees, new Americans, and other students are receiving opportunities for creative expression, social growth, trauma relief, anxiety reduction and academic achievement. This type of engagement is crucial for children making the long transition into a new country and culture, and in dealing with the effects of past hardships and trauma.

Our next phase of the program will be an expansion into the Bud Bailey Complex in Millcreek, a community with a wonderfully high percentage of refugees. SMF is currently recruiting volunteers. Contact us to volunteer!