Tatweer: A Mentorship Program for Refugee Professionals

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Refugee Professional Mentor for the Tatweer Program at JFS Refugee and Immigrant Services



The Tatweer program was created to comprehensively address the needs of highly-skilled refugees who come to the United States with advanced degrees and years of experience in a professional field. Mentorship is the central component of the Tatweer program. The benefits of one-on-one mentor relationship are twofold: Access to an industry expert and expansion of professional networks.


Networking: As a newcomer to Seattle area your mentee may have few professional contacts within their field. You should coach your mentee on how to best expand their network. You can make relevant connections within your own network, as well as point your mentee towards organizations and events within your industry.

Expertise: As a professional you have valuable expertise about your field. Your role is to coach your mentee on the specifics of your field, different possible career paths within your industry, and skills that will help make him/her more competitive.

Support: Many highly skilled refugees are overwhelmed by both the options and the obstacles that stand between them and their new career. You will help guide your mentee through the process and expand their options.

Communication: Complete monthly check-ins and keep the Employment Case Manager updated on the progress of your mentorship.

Time Commitment

Time: Minimum of 3 hours per month for six months.

Time commitment will vary month to month based on your mentee’s specific needs.

Location: Flexible- you and your mentee will determine the time and location.


Professional who works in Engineering, Computer Sciences, Law, Agricultural Economics or Business Management.

Interest in working with refugees and asylees.

Sensitivity to different cultures.

Patience, follow-through, and tenacity.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest or resume to pvogel@jfsseattle.org . Include basic information about yourself (areas of interest, skills and experience, time availability, earliest starting date, location, etc)

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1601 16th AVe, Seattle, WA 98032, US

Mission Statement

JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers offer refugees and immigrants culturally sensitive employment programs, English as a Second Language instruction and related social services. Participants are supported and encouraged as they integrate successfully into their new environments. The JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers are staffed with professional case managers/job developers fluent in Cantonese, Hmong, Mandarin, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic, Farsi and Lithuanian. The culturally diverse staff is recruited directly from the ethnic communities we serve. Our staff provides individualized and effective guidance to hundreds of clients each year. The Centers are located in Kent and Bellevue and serve families mainly in South King County and the Eastside.


Jewish Family Service of Seattle began in 1892 with the sole purpose of resettling Eastern European and Sephardic Jewish refugees. Today, JFS supports the adjustment and employment of refugees and immigrants from all religions and cultures worldwide, including Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. With our many social service programs like family mentoring, financial assistance, ESL, citizenship classes, and job placement - we help new Americans become fully integrated members of our community. We encourage volunteers from all backgrounds!


We'll work with your schedule.


1209 Central Ave. S, #134Kent, WA 98032



  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Professional Development


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 3 hours per month per month for a period of at least six months

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