GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.
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!