Each youth that comes into Montgomery County has a unique path. Each youth that comes into our program will be assessed individually. Some youth refugees that come in to our program will need to be more exposed to the opportunities that Montgomery County has to offer. Now that they are in more stable conditions, we are going to focus on encouraging them to thrive in their conditions. In order to do this, we must expose the youth to all different career pathways, American cultural norms, as well as soft skills. We plan to do this in a three month intensive workshop setting to introduce all of these concepts and get them excited about their new opportunity.
Other youths that come in to our program may have already been exposed to these introductory ideas of “career planning” and “long-and-short term goals”. Although they have already been introduced to these ideas, they will also be given the opportunity to participate in these workshops to continue to build upon skills. These youth will also be guided to try out job shadowing for various positions that may interest them, as well as potentially placing them in an on-the-job training opportunity where they will be given the opportunity to earn wages while they learn.
Regardless of the path the refugee arrived on upon coming to our program, they will all presented with opportunities to help them achieve self-sufficient lives, surround themselves more with the Montgomery County community and population, and eventually be able to assist other refugees with obtaining self-sufficiency.
The Youth will be paired with mentors for 6 months and meet for a minimum of 8 hours per month to work on goals together. This period can be extended depending on the individual needs to adapt to the new life. The youth will utilize their mentor for educational support, career guidance, cultural learning, language practice and friendship. This will help them gain deeper insight into American culture, exploring and engaging with their new community, learn leadership skills and achieve self-sufficiency. Their mentors will receive personal fulfillment through helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals, introduction to different world views and cultures, and deeper understanding of young adult and societal problems.