Refugee Mentors Needed
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Posted by: Lindsay Cashman
Jewish Family & Children’s Service Refugee Services Department is seeking Refugee Mentors
To be a resource to clients on employment and financial literacy skills and to cultivate a positive relationship with the client
Strong interest in helping people from different culture
Awareness of and sensitive to cultural differences
Comfort working with non- or limited English speakers
Belief in empowering individuals to learn to do for themselves
Focus on core issue, can include, but not limited to:
Assisting with the job search process
English language practice
Practicing basic job skills
Working on financial literacy
Explore educational or cultural places in Pittsburgh
Respond to questions and concerns
1 hour per week or every other week for minimum of 4 months.
Orientation with volunteer program staff (~ 60 minutes)
Read through community backgrounders
Maintain client confidentiality
Exhibit professionalism at all times
Regular staff communication
To provide refugees with an American friend to be a resource for employment, financial, and cultural questions other than their case manager and employment specialist.
Mentors and mentees will be matched up based on interests, client’s needs, and availability
The initial meeting will take place at JFCS or the library downtown. The volunteer will be introduced to their mentee, and a regular meeting place and time will be determined. The mentor and mentee will discuss what topic the mentee would like help with. An interpreter will be present if necessary.
Mentor and mentee will meet at their regular meeting spot. If the mentor and mentee choose, they can change meeting spots weekly or bi-weekly to explore Pittsburgh. They will try to maintain the same time each week. An interpreter will not be at the following meetings.
Personal gratification of helping to acculturate refugees
Experience in adult learning
Better understanding of the refugee experience
Car necessary at some sites; bus availability at others
Street parking at each site
For More Information, Contact Jill Fronk, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
JF&CS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran or handicapped status.
JF&CS REFUGEE PROGRAM MISSION:
To help refugees begin to rebuild their lives in the Pittsburgh region, achieving economic self-sufficiency and the skills to independently manage their daily lives, through the provision of resettlement, case management, employment and support services in partnership with area providers, community groups and volunteers.
JF&CS AGENCY MISSION:
Jewish Family & Children's Service exists to improve the quality of life of individuals and families in the Jewish and general communities through the provision of psychological, employment and social services.