What We Do

What We Do

Our Programs

Kandelia provides direct programs, connections to community resources, and tools to address systemic inequities so immigrant and refugee families and communities can thrive without having to compromise values, heritage or ethnicity. Leveraging our convener model and years of experience rooted in the Vietnamese community, we meet people where they are with programs that are culturally responsive and holistically enriching.

Who we engage

Many of our programs are based at Seattle World School, one of only a few public schools in the country designed for newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth.


30+different languages are spoken; including Spanish, Maya-Quiche, Vietnamese, Amharic, Dari, Pashto, Tigrinya, and Ukrainian
93% qualify for free or reduced lunch, an indicator of economic need
97%are people of color
98%are English language learners
100%are recently-arrived refugee and immigrants

The majority of families have youth between the ages of 11 and 21

Youth programs

Kandelia champions youth and builds them up so they can be their full authentic selves. We provide students with tools to achieve academic success, job readiness and greater self-sufficiency. learn more >>

Family programs

Kandelia provides whole family support so immigrant and refugee families and communities can thrive. We strive to be strong and stable partners for families in their quest for academic achievement and full participation in American society. learn more >>

Community engagement

Kandelia brings neighbors, supporters, partners and peers together to remove barriers to immigrant and refugee success. We convene a network of organizations working to help youth and families thrive. learn more >>


From my personal experience, it was really hard to get my job. I had to practice a lot before coming in to my interview. One thing I liked the most about this program was that we basically did this mock interview, or practice interview. It was something that helped me get more confident. I would say that it helped me a lot with getting my first job.

Trung Nguyen

Your support can make all the difference

3829B S Edmunds St Box 9
Seattle, WA 98118

Tax ID: 911122532

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