***Programming has transitioned to virtual platforms due to COVID19.
Young Refugee Adults, ages 19-24, were just getting started on their cultural adjustment, career goals, and thinking of pursuing higher ed when the COVID 19 crisis in the US changed everything, for all of us. Can I still enroll in online classes? Is it safe to work in a grocery store? What do I do if someone in my family gets sick? Support a new neighbor as they navigate these decisions, provide encouragement and connect them to resources as they encounter obstacles, and share your joys and sorrows with one another. 6-12 month commitment Meet online every week for about an hour at a time. (Meetings may be allowed in person beginning in September, if so, a coordinator will accompany you on your first visit.) Fill out Individual Service Plans with your mentee to track their goals and progress. Attend online events, field trips and workshops with other mentors and mentees. Contact Program Coordinator as needed for additional support. Pre-reqs: Phone interview Background check Attend virtual orientation Pre-match case discussion and interview
About Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS)
4419 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, US
Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations--particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced--through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.
Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS) partners with refugees, asylees, immigrants and survivors of trafficking to address their needs by connecting them to their new community, providing education and employment services, and the help they need to succeed in their new country. RICS annually resettles more than 150 individuals in Chicago from places like Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, Ukraine, and Syria. RICS serves an additional 500 refugees through a variety of services including cultural orientation, adjustment counseling, employment, job readiness and placement services, as well as medical case management, family literacy, and English language training for adults.