News from Phoenix, AZ
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Micro-Enterprise Development Volunteer
The Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) Program Volunteer will work with MED clients towards developing a business.
Childcare Microenterprise Program Volunteer
The Refugee Childcare Program assists entrepreneurial refugee women or men in obtaining certification for the provision of childcare services and assist them in starting their own home-based childcare businesses.
The World Bazaar: Celebrating the Vibrant Culture of Phoenix
The Phoenix World Bazaar returned for the holiday season on December 2nd, 2017! Attendees celebrated the vibrant culture of Phoenix with vendors from around the world providing specialty cuisines, crafts, and entertainment.
Building Credit: IRC loan officer recognized for outstanding work
Phyllis Korogodsky, a loan officer with the IRC in Phoenix, was recently recognized by the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) with a resolution at their quarterly board meeting. The resolution read: “...[T]he CEO Board recognizes and thanks Phyllis Korogodosky for her exceptional service in her role as a Loan officer and Financial Coach for refugees in Arizona.” CEO is a subsidiary of the IRC that offers participants access to a range of affordable financial products that can accelerate clients’ upward economic mobility. Recently certified by the U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Center offers credit-building, auto, and business loans to low-income borrowers.
In-Home ESL/ELT Tutor
English as a Second Language/English Language Training (ESL/ELT) Tutor needed for home-bound refugee English Language Learners (ELLs).
The Impact of Child Watch: Learning for Parents and Children
The Child Watch Center is a safe, enriching, and educational environment for refugee children. By creating this childcare program, refugee parents were able to attend more classes at the IRC.
Citizenship Education Volunteer offers instruction on the naturalization process, US civics and history, and English as a Second Language.
Celebrating Girl Power!
Every year, International Day of the Girl (IDG) is celebrated around the world to highlight the achievements of girls and challenges for girls under 18. This year’s theme for IDG is “EmPOWER Girls: Emergency Response and Resilience Planning”, which highlighted that girls are particularly vulnerable during crises, but also showing that girls can help build the solutions to these crises. The IRC in Phoenix hosted its annual celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 5th.
Internships at IRC Phoenix
Pursuing an Education: Silva’s Story
Silva excitedly signs the alphabet and various animals in a language she did not speak a few weeks earlier. At an after school meeting, she’s eager to demonstrate her progress in learning American Sign Language (ASL). With the help of the IRC, Silva found a new school where she can thrive. However, it has been a long journey to get there.