Building community power.
The Majdal Center was created for the purposes of serving immigrant and refugee youth by teaching various life skills, such as English language, and computer training. Our trauma informed services and culturally relevant programs generate a sense of collective healing and community power meant to minimize senses of alienation and loss which often accompanies war trauma and the struggles of exile for these children and youth.
There is significance in opening a center catered to immigrant and refugee youth in El Cajon. Since the 1990s, this city, sometimes called ‘Little Baghdad,’ has been a hub for refugees, specifically Iraqi refugees fleeing dictatorship, sanctions, and imperialist wars. This city exemplifies the resilience and steadfastness of peoples from all over the world who have faced unimaginable struggle.