Resources for school success

RDC Programs

The RDC has a variety of programs to support your school success such as English classes, tutoring, mentoring, school orientations, home visits, academic support. Call us at 517-999-5090 to sign up!


The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program at the Refugee Development Center embraces a comprehensive approach to language. Above all, laying special emphasis on developing students’ reading, writing, oral, and listening skills.

We offer the opportunity to learn English in person and virtually. If you are interested in learning English online please contact us at All classes are free.


Our tutoring program, Strengthening Opportunities for Academic Reach, or SOAR, is for K-12 students.

Tutoring program provides academic enrichment activities like homework help, SAT/ACT prep to college bound kids, and other activities according to the need of the students.

SOAR focuses on literacy and language acquisition, STEM, curriculum, and socio-emotional wellbeing. The SOAR program offers one-on-one tutoring, peer support groups, homework assistance, and fun activities. Join us!


Youth Mentoring Program provides one-on-one mentoring to refugee students. We pair each refugee student with a mentor to provide meaningful academic support to their student weekly. Mentors work closely with students to strengthen basic skills, develop healthy study habits and explore various college and career pathways. Mentors spend time developing relationships with students and establishing and working towards goals for academic and lifelong success. For both the mentor and mentee, the impact is immeasurable.


We offer all families in our programs a welcoming home visit to share resources and information available. We will bring a welcome kit full of household supplies and we will work with each individual familt to determine goals and pathways for achieving these goals. Additionally, we offer ongoing home visits for many families.

College Preparation Resources


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • Take your first step towards college: apply for financial aid!
  • Learn more about financial aid

Michigan Student Aid

  • Complete your FAFSA first, then take a look to see what student aid the State of Michigan has to offer
  • Search scholarships by county and nationwide
  • Learn about how to find money for college in Michigan

Lansing Promise Scholarship

  • Provides tuition assistance for up to 65 credits at Lansing Community College or the equivalent dollar amount toward tuition and fees at Michigan State University or Olivet College Students who lived in LSD, graduated from a high school within LSD boundaries, and have been accepted to MSU, LCC or Olivet can apply

  • List of more college scholarships


  • They search for scholarships you can apply for!


Capital Area College Access Network

phone number: 517-203-5011 / email:

  • Meet with local college advisers at area high schools on college planning
  • Discuss post-secondary planning, financial aid and scholarships, applying to school
  • Young adults (18-25) can meet with a college and career coach to assist with reconnecting to school and work

Know How 2 Go

  • Learn more about preparing for college
  • Take a quiz to see if you’re ready to go to college
  • Hear other students’ success stories

GED Resources

Global Institute of Lansing (GIL)

phone number: 517-488-5342 / email:

  • High School Completion for students too old for K-12 schools

SAT Preparation

College Board

  • College Board administers the SAT
  • An account on their site can help you learn more about the test and prepare for the college admissions process.

Khan Academy

  • Easy to understand Youtube videos to help you learn math and prepare for tests
  • Includes Michigan’s SAT practice tests & prep videos

Library Research

Michigan eLibrary

  • A free way to borrow books and access information from libraries across Michigan
  • Read about career paths and access the best test prep books for free
  • Includes online career planning and citizenship resources, and much more