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UPWARDLY GLOBAL
November 11, 2008

I am a volunteer/mentor at Upwardly Global. I have seen first hand how this wonderful organization assists professional refugees and immigrants in rebuilding their careers here in US. My mentee, who is from Mexico, had had a difficult time finding a job for 6 months after moving to SF Bay Area early this year. After joining Upwardly Global's program, he was able to get helps from a team of staff and volunteers and found a job with a leading credit card company within 6 weeks of joining the program. To date, Upwardly Global has helped 1100 jobseekers from 94 developing countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe to get back into their careers. Being an immigrant myself, I can empathize with the challenges that Upwardly Global job seekers face trying to get back into their usual professions after relocated to US. Since the volunteering with Upwardly Global is skilled based, I get to practice my resume reviewing, interviewing, mentoring, and networking skills with Upwardly Global job seekers. As a manager, these are all critical skills in my day job. I also love that I get to make connections with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries through Upwardly Global. The job seekers that I have met are well-educated, driven, motivated, and are very high caliber people. Their personal stories and struggles have touched me and made me realized how blessed I am to be able to extend helps to others. I feel a personal connection to the mission of Upwardly Global and am certain that my volunteering effort will make a positive difference in someone's life. It has been a truly rewarding volunteering experience for me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how this wonderful organization assists professional refugees and immigrants in rebuilding their careers here in US. My mentee, who is from Mexico, had had a difficult time finding a job for 6 months after moving to SF Bay Area early this year. After joining Upwardly Global's program, he was able to get helps from a team of staff and volunteers and found a job with a leading credit card company within 6 weeks of joining the program. To date, Upwardly Global has helped 1100 jobseekers from 94 developing countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe to get back into their careers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get the message out and get more support from the immigrant community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I get to make connections with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries through Upwardly Global. The job seekers that I have met are well-educated, driven, motivated, and are very high caliber people. Their personal stories and struggles have touched me and made me realized how blessed I am to be able to extend helps to others. I feel a personal connection to the mission of Upwardly Global and am certain that my volunteering effort will make a positive difference in someone's life. It has been a truly rewarding volunteering experience for me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful people with big hearts. The staff is very supportive and a fun group of people to hang out with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more professional immigrants and refugees to get back into their careers and contribute to our society. There are way too many people out there that can use their help.

Ways to make it better...

the companies and hiring managers have better understanding of people from different cultures and with diverse backgrounds.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting companies and hiring managers to be more open minded about diversity and inclusion and obtaining the resources they need to continue to provide the services to people who need it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

immigrant communities are encouraged to get involved and help the ones that come after you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I mentor and help professional immigrant job seekers to get back into their usual careers in US.