Friday Feature: “I am a migrant” Stories from Around the World

This Friday, Higher found a wonderful online site that highlights the power of the human story at iamamigrant.org. This site allows people to post their own story of migration. Some of those stories were people forced from their homeland and some were in search of a better life. This organization is able to put a face to word and challenge the negative connotation. The site celebrate migrants. The site is available in multiple languages and has thousands of stories from all over. I hope you visit this site and add your own story if you are a former refugee. I shared this site with some of the clients I worked with in hopes they will add their stories.

This is Hamza, he was forced to flee Syria at the age of 10 and made his way with his family to Greece. Read his story and the story of others at iamamigrant.org

Friday Feature: The SIV story on This American Life podcast

This Friday we hope you will listen to a podcast with powerful stories of Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients. This American Life is my favorite podcast. The amazing stories of real people always help take my mind off the daily grind. For employment staff who work hard to find better job for those SIVs who are highly educated and often speak English quite well I hope you will enjoy this podcast.

This American Life is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and hosted by Ira Glass. It is broadcast on numerous public radio stations in the United States and is also available as a free weekly podcast. Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also features essays, memoirs, field recordings, and short fiction.

On January 6, 2017 This American Life aired episode 607: “Didn’t We Solve this One?” This episode masterfully captures the journey of Iraqis who took on the harrowing task of helping US forces juxtaposed against the struggle in Congress to create the SIV program. The SIV program brings Iraqis to the US who served the US forces and now their lives are targeted because of the work they did for the US.

For more information on the SIV program read this post: Afghan and Iraqi SIV Programs

Access the podcast here 

 

Friday Feature: NPR Covers Refugees Working in Chicago Bakery

Photo from the original article: Employees hand-finish cheesecakes on the production line at Eli’s in Chicago.
Deborah Amos/NPR

In 2017, Higher will resume our Friday Features which are stories that are published by the media around the country which highlight refugee employment. We hope to brighten the end of your week with some positive and interesting stories that accentuate the great work of refugees and refugee staff. In the article we chose below, NPR explores the yummy world of cheesecake in Chicago.

Read this NPR piece Refugees Resettled In Chicago Help Make Its Most Famous Cheesecake written by Debora Amos. Stories of refugees succeeding in business is one that deserves the spotlight. This article covers the journey a few refugees learning the highly skilled world of a computerized production line with an old world recipe. 15% of the total workforce are refugees from 5 different countries and there is opportunity for advancement and promotion for workers who remain with the company.

Friday Feature: Op Ed About the Refugee Experience

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Art by Gracey Zhang featured in the original NYTimes article

Read a recent New York Times editorial, The Hidden Scars All Refugees Carry, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Spoken in the powerful voice of one former refugee from Vietnam, the article talks about the lasting changes being a refugee makes on those who experience it. The article isn’t long, but it touches on many important points, including the power of labels and categories on perceptions of oneself and others.

Read more about Nguyen’s recent Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Sympathizer, in a previous Higher post.

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

 

Friday Feature: How to Respond to Islamophobia

Click on this buzzfeed.com article for a simple strategy to respond to Islamophobia when you witness individuals facing harassing behavior.  You’ll also find inspiration in the Iranian-Armenian French creator of the cartoon guide and the positive response to her work via her tumblir site: http://maeril.tumblr.com/

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

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Friday Feature: Refugee Olympic Team Recap

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Photo Credit: Kyodo via AP Images

In case you were too busy to follow the success of the first ever refugee Olympic team in Rio, here’s a summary of their feelings of pride, future plans to excel and how they fared in the competition rankings.

Going forward, we’re going to expand Friday Feature coverage to include refugee employment job openings from around the country.  If you want to expand recruitment for your open positions (or tell us about a possible Friday Feature), get in touch at information@higheradvantage.org.

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

The Refugee Olympic Team

The world is cheering for the Refugee Olympic Team as they compete for the gold in Rio this month.  Literally.

To learn more about these ten athletes, check out the UNHCR Refugee Olympic Team page.

Visa, the team’s first corporate sponsor, captured the significance of these games with this short commercial:

The schedule is posted here. Be sure to tune in today as three athletes represent #RefugeeOlympicTeam in the quest for the gold!

Here are a few tips to watch the games for free. Be sure to follow #RefugeeOlympicTeam on YouTubeTwitter and Facebook for live updates.

A documentary about the team will be completed after the Games have taken place. Here’s a sneak peak:

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

Friday Feature: Free UNHCR Lego Poster PDF

lego twoRemember those cool UNHCR Lego posters?

A quick google search yields tons of great free teaching resources. The actual Spot the Difference posters are harder to find, though.

Click here to download all four versions.

Print them on glossy letter size paper on a color printer.  Easy and they look great on your cube walls.

Thanks for the tip and the resource, Sarah Vail.

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

 

Friday Feature: Running (Refugee Song)

Here’s a Refugee Day celebration we missed – an original song featuring rapper Common. You can read more here.

Best of all, if you download the song,  you’ll help support a number of refugee serving organizations, including IRC.

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

Friday Feature: A Peer in the News

Hear Higher Peer Advisor Subash Acharya’s story

Subash is the Employment Program Manager for Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord, New Hampshire. He is a leader in refugee employment who manages a large and very successful refugee employment program.  Listen to his story in this video and read the transcript on the Department of Health and Human Services blog.