Volunteers in our Refugee Youth Mentoring Program help mentees explore their educational and career options. Matches meet on a weekly basis online or in-person to explore interests, educational and job opportunities, or other goals as the program sees fit. Successful mentors serve as role models, advocates, guides, and supportive friends to young New Americans at a crucial time in their development.
One of our volunteers with decades of experience in the medical field has been helping us put together a medical education navigation guide. With so many of our mentees interested in pursuing careers in the medical field, having a standardized resource that can help them figure out their first steps is invaluable!
Recently two of our mentees have joined Job Corps in Westover to earn their GEDs and get certifications that will give them a head start in their career of choice. One of our mentees has been practicing driving with his mentor since December and recently passed their driving test and acquired their license.
We have enrolled 12 new Afghan mentees this period, and have distributed 9 laptops to help them get started learning software like Zoom that will set them up to succeed when they are matched with their mentors. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out a volunteer application on our JFS website.