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  • English Conversation Partners Program

    This Summer, Luminus launched a new English Conversation Partners Program to facilitate English acquisition for our Afghan neighbors. Interested individuals were paired with volunteers over the span of eight weeks to help improve their practical conversation skills. We had a total of 13 pairs and many of the participants were Afghans along…


  • Illuminating Human Rights: Afghanistan

    Illuminating Human Rights Podcast#11: Afghanistan Host & Director: Michelle Lee We are excited to share the first episode of Illuminating Human Rights, a podcast in association with the Luminus Network for New Americans that highlights the stories of refugees and immigrants and seeks to change the narrative around immigration.


  • Mario Gorjon and Green Angels Landscaping

    “The success of our company goes to hard work, determination, and the belief that whatever can be believed can be achieved.” Growing up on a farm in Acapulco among five children, Mario Gorjon was responsible for milking the cows and feeding the horses. From an early,…


  • Shakera Rahimi and the Afghan Alliance of Maryland

    In August of 2021, the Afghan government collapsed after the Taliban took control of Kabul, following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. Since that time, over 80,000 Afghans have been evacuated. For Shakera Rahimi, an Afghan refugee who came to the United States in 2014, this was a…


  • Ivy League bound Beruktawit Gebreamlak speaks on her experience immigrating to the U.S

    “I just hope that one day I will be in a position where I am able to give back and help support my community” Beruktawit tutoring her classmate in math. When she first came to the United States, Beruktawit Gebreamlak struggled with the language barrier and culture shock.


  • Jay Nwachu Helps New Americans Make Innovative Ideas a Reality

    Jay Nwachu Helps New Americans Make Innovative Ideas a Reality

    “Innovation is happening every single day in communities across Baltimore because folks survive on innovation. I think we have a responsibility to shine a light on those types of innovations and also give them the resources to allow them to thrive even further.” Jay Nwachu President and CEO,…


  • Alexandra Kim Illuminates Stories on the Immigrant Experience

    Alexandra Kim Illuminates Stories on the Immigrant Experience

    “We are all Americans, we are all Marylanders, we are all human beings. And when we put our knowledge and experiences and brightness together, we can thrive even more.”  When she first came to the United States, Alexandra Kim struggled to navigate a new life in…