Across the country, mentoring programs are an increasingly common strategy to boost employment outcome and client success. Some programs target new arrivals. Others focus on clients ready for job upgrades or professional recertification.
A 2013 Canadian study of a mentoring initiative targeting newly arrived immigrant professionals offers evidence to support what we already believe. Mentoring really works. In the 12 months of the study, participants working in their professional fields went from 17% to 71%. Incomes, employment and full-time employment also rose significantly. Download the full report on our website.
ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies) is a project jointly funded by Maytree and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. ALLIES supports local efforts in Canadian cities to successfully adapt and implement programs that further the suitable employment of skilled immigrants
Higher will continue to follow the progress of a very successful employment mentoring pilot project at Lutheran Refugee Services of Lancaster, PA, which will be replicated in a few more sites over the next year. The current issue of Higher’s newsletter, just released yesterday, highlights another great example from USCCB Affiliate Catholic Charities Maine in Portland. If you missed it, click here for a link to the article.