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This year’s GivingTuesday funds will benefit our Refugee Youth Mentor Program (RYMP) in Maryland. RYMP is designed to support civic and social engagement, as well as academic and vocational achievement of refugee youth clients (ages 16-24) in Maryland. This program is geared to engage refugee youth in meaningful career exploration, career planning, guidance and job training services, as well development of social emotional and skills to identify, obtain, and sustain employment. As friends and advocates, mentors play a valuable role in helping youth clients adjust to their new communities, explore career and educational pathways, and learn skills in areas like time management, financial planning, civic responsibility, and leadership.
These GivingTuesday funds will LITERALLY be an investment in our future. Funds will go towards paying for any educational/vocational course the youth needs to develop their career skills, as well as, the tech necessary to do so! This support is extremely important for our youth who, as newly-arrived immigrants, are living on such a tight budget with high costs of living. It can be quite difficult to engage in any professional development.All funds will go directly to supporting the dreams of our participating youth.
Just $300 can give a youth access to a computer they need to begin starting ESL classes or college classes online. Just $250 can allow a student to start the path to getting their driver’s license so they can access higher paying jobs. We hope you will understand the importance of mentoring and vocational training/education for our youth and make a generous donation. If you’re interested in signing up as a volunteer mentor you can do so here!
Meet some of our youth…
Meet Nasir, a 19 year old Afghan youth living in Maryland. “I came to the United States of America in the October of 2019. In the first I had some problems you know someone new to a city may have lots of problem. In the end of 2019 I joined with LSS youth program and they make me facilities to improve my English and reach to my goals. Then I’ve started writing class and finished it. Now I am studying a communication skills class and also Information of Technologies certification course.I want to achieve my goals I want to get a bachelor degree in Information of Technologies. Behind the studies I’ve a full-time job to support my family.” Nasir is currently attending English classes at Montgomery College and IT courses with TEK.
Meet Mujtaba, a 21 year old from Afghanistan. Mujtaba arrived to the US during the pandemic and therefore had few job opportunities. Now he works with a volunteer mentor and studies software development at TEK. He currently works at Amazon as a “problem solver” and is excited for 2021 to attend NOVA College and a bodybuilding competition in NY! “I have lots hope in my future and I try to reach them the great one of them is that I become I pilot.”
Meet Muhammad, a 16 year old from Afghanistan who attends James Hubert Blake High School in Colesville, MD. Muhammad has big dreams of becoming a doctor. “My dream is to become a doctor, and graduate from Harvard Medical University. Because in my homeland country Afghanistan and in my family there is a need of doctors, because thousands of people are dying every day there in Afghanistan without a treatment. I want to be a doctor to take away the pain and sufferings of the people by giving free medical treatment and health care. In future I want to have a branches of my hospital everywhere in the world.”
Meet Arash, a 20 year old from Afghanistan now living in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Arash is currently taking an IT course and hopes to take college classes at Prince George’s Community College. He likes to study, is improving his English skills, and studies hard so that he can have a better education.
Spotlighting our female clients…
We’d like to share how some of our youth program funding has helped women improve outcomes and increase opportunities. Since March of this year – 4 women have received their drivers licenses, 1 woman has enrolled into an IT training course, 3 women are enrolled into college, and 2 women have completed certifications in interpreter training and nursing assistants. With our programs funds we are able to empower so many ladies to make strides that improve their employment outcomes and support their families. We hope through our GivingTuesday fundraiser we will be able to empower more women to break barriers and achieve their dreams!