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Career Mentoring for Karen Refugees
January 20, 2015 by Relevant Community

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Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is the organization that is responsible for bringing so many Karen refugees to Omaha from the Thai-Burma border. Relevant partners with them when our Family Care Teams “adopt” new refugee families. To learn more about Relevant’s relationship with the Karen people from Burma, check out our Burma Engagement page.

LFS of Nebraska is piloting a new career mentoring program, and they’re in search of 30 mentors for english-speaking refugees. Each mentor will act as a job coach, equipping the refugee to develop skills, identify long-term career goals, and create a plan to reach those goals.

LFS envisions a mentoring relationship characterized by equal responsibility and mutual respect. Both mentors and mentees commit to weekly meetings for at least three months. Below are the expectations and attributes associated with mentors and mentees.

 

Mentor

Top Attributes for a Mentor

  • Sensitivity to people of different backgrounds
  • Sincere desire to help refugees achieve personal and career goals
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect
  • Listening skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to suggest options and alternatives
  • Interest in the needs of persons adjusting to employment, community, and culture

Role of the Mentor

  • Meet with mentee weekly for a minimum of three months
  • Share personal career story
  • Converse about career aspirations and challenges and develop a plan with outcomes
  • Help mentee document career goals
  • Offer suggestions, guidance, options, alternatives and resources to mentee

Mentee

Top Attributes for a Mentee

  • Entered U.S. as a refugee or asylee within the past five years
  • Have basic English communication skills
  • Have U.S. work experience
  • Show an interest in career advancement within current field of employment, reentering a prior professional background, pursuing training or education, or exploring a new vocation
  • Ability to communicate openly and clearly
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect

Role of the Mentee

  • Meet with mentor weekly for a minimum of three months
  • Share information about career goals, aspirations, and challenges
  • Develop a career plan
  • Consider and attend trainings and pursue resources to implement career plan
  • Accept invitations to mentor’s place of employment, meetings, conferences
  • Participate in training
  • Check in regularly with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

This is a really great opportunity for anyone who wants to make a direct impact on the life of someone in need. For more information or to become a mentor, contact Lacey Studnicka at lstudnicka@LFSneb.org or at (402) 536-3513. Visit www.LFSneb.org to learn more about Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 11:50 am
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