Learn about new Americans in your community. Hear the story of Olivier Mandevu, Program Analyst at the NYS Office for New Americans (ONA). Olivier came to New York State from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2007 for safety from persecution and for opportunities to build a better life. Olivier will share about the challenges he's faced integrating into a new culture, raising his family, and how he's overcome barriers and worked to heal from the traumatic experiences he endured in his country of origin. Olivier hopes that by sharing his story, he can help to build a welcoming community that fosters a sense of belonging for new Americans.
The NYS Office for New Americans (ONA), founded in 2012, welcomes immigrants to New York State and helps them in achieving their American Dream. Through its statewide network of community-based providers, ONA assists all immigrants in accessing and navigating a variety of free services and supports their inclusion as an integral part of New York State’s diverse cultural fabric. The ONA Ramirez June Initiative creates positive change to assist new Americans with developmental disabilities and their families in connecting with vital resources, information, and services.
NYS Office for New Americans
Olivier Mandevu, is the Program Analyst for the NYS Office for New Americans (ONA), Department of State. ONA was created in 2012 to welcome immigrants and to help them in achieving their American Dream. Through its statewide network of community-based providers, ONA assists all new Americans in accessing and navigating a variety of free services and supports their inclusion as an integral part of New York State’s diverse cultural fabric. Olivier has a Master of Business Administration and has been working in various NYS agencies and private sector.
Ramirez June Developmental Disabilities Navigator
NYS Office for New Americans
Cynthia Stewart, M.S., is the Ramirez June Developmental Disabilities Navigator for the NYS Office for New Americans (ONA) in partnership with the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). Since 2019, the ONA Ramirez June Initiative, a first of its kind in the nation, builds capacity at the state level to assist new Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in connecting with vital resources, information, and services in NYS. Cynthia has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at New Paltz and has provided therapy for individuals with I/DD as a clinical intern. As a direct support professional for the ARC Mid-Hudson, Cynthia has supported individuals with I/DD to achieve their goals.
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