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Refugees Team Up with Young Presidents Organization

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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Refugees fleeing torture, false imprisonment and persecution in their native lands turn to Catholic Charities to rebuild their lives.  Here we find employment that enables refugees to once again support their families and feel good themselves is their key to empowerment.  For a glimpse behind the curtains check out this blog by our Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Coordinator Nadia Huffer.

By Nadia Huffer

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Coordinator

On the rainy morning of May 5th, 2017, some of the refugee and immigrant students we serve at Catholic Charities along with agency volunteers, staff, and members of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) volunteer group came together to conduct a Mock Interview round-robin at the Lotte Palace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

YPO is a global network of chief executives whose members convene regularly for networking events and conferences. As part of these worldwide events, the YPO members also gather and engage in charity projects that help underserved populations in the cities where they meet.

Former Vietnam Refugee Gives Back

A member of Young Presidents Organization, Ms. Soon Hagerty, is a refugee herself who fled with her family from Vietnam. Ms. Hagerty wanted to show support for the most vulnerable members of New York City’s immigrant community. The Young Presidents Organization approached the Refugee Resettlement Department of Catholic Charities wanting to do a project that would help refugees.

Mock Interview Day

With valuable assistance from the Young Presidents Organization events team, the Mock Interview day went beautifully. Young Presidents Organization and Catholic Charities staff opened the event with a short introduction and briefing on Catholic Charities’ work to support refugees and then the interviewing began.

Volunteers conducted practice interviews with refugees and immigrants, assuming the role of hiring managers for positions the job-seekers might apply to. Each round of interviews was followed by a feedback session, in which the volunteers gave the interviewees tips on their professional appearance, demeanor, the content of their responses, and even their resumes.

Inspired & Moved – and That’s the Volunteers!

After two rounds of practice interviews, the group reconvened and the Young Presidents Organization volunteers shared their general feedback for the interviewees, as well as some very inspiring words of encouragement. The Young Presidents Organization volunteers were inspired equally in turn and incredibly moved by the refugees' and immigrants’ determination.

Confidence Gained to Nail Real Interviews

The refugees and immigrants from Catholic Charities, most of whom are currently learning English, showed great courage in attending this event and their efforts certainly paid off! They got great practice, and above all, an added boost of confidence that will help them nail their next interviews.

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