Supporting Students New to America


These modules are designed and recorded by the Youth Program Coordinators for Utah's Refugee Serving Agencies 1) Utah Refugee Services Office, 2) Catholic Community Services, 3) International Rescue Committee, and 4) Asian Association of Utah.

Alexx Goeller, Youth Services Coordinator, Utah Refugee Services Office
Alexx Goeller has worked with youth from multicultural backgrounds for the past five years, both in Senegal, West Africa and in Utah. Alexx’s role at the Utah Refugee Services Office is to build up the skill sets and resources of community partners enabling them to better serve refugee youth. Alexx works with the local refugee communities to help build up their capacity to find appropriate solutions for their unique challenges and ensure that they have access to the programs that they need in order to be successful. Alexx also serves on several committees and advisory boards to ensure that refugee youth are allotted an equitable and accessible education and integration experience in Utah.

Jessica Kallin, Refugee Youth Coordinator, Catholic Community Services (CCS)
Jessica oversees youth services for all incoming refugee youth age 0-18 who are resettled through CCS for their first two years in the country. She has been working with refugee youth in Salt Lake City for over 7 years. Jessica has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Utah, and is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Community Leadership at Westminster.

Peter Frost, CSW, Director of Youth and Family Services – The Refugee and Immigrant Center – Asian Association of Utah
Peter has overseen youth and family programming at RIC-AAU for the past 4 years. Peter has a BS in Psychology and a MSW with an emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Utah and has enjoyed working with the refugee and immigrant population of Utah for the last 6 years. Peter also serves on committees and advisory boards within the community that seek to improve services for refugee and immigrant youth.

Krysti Nellermore, Refugee Youth Coordinator, International Rescue Committee.


Before beginning the modules, please take the pre-survey at this link:

At the end of the FIVE self-paced modules please take the Post-Survey to be awarded either:

  1. Re-licensure credit in the USBE system, if you are an educator in Utah, or;
  2. A Certificate of Completion, emailed to you, if you are a not an educator in the Utah System.


Participants will:

  • Define what determines refugee status; and,
  • Understand the process for refugees from abroad to resettlement.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the refugee community currently living in Utah.

Participants will:

  • Learn about various Refugee Service Providers in Utah.

Participants will:

  • Understand the challenges, assets, and strategies when working with refugee youth.