PARTICIPANT'S PROFILECHANGING LIVES ONE PERSON AT A TIME
“All of us do not have equal talent but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.”
A Success Story In The Making
Facing religious persecution in her native home, Mrs. Smith and her family immigrated to Europe seeking asylum. With her husband, three sons, and her elderly mother who suffers from lung cancer at her side, they enjoyed this safe haven, but as the family was barred from legally working, their savings quickly began to disappear. After four arduous months, Mrs. Smith and her family were granted entry into the U.S. while this new horizon of opportunity presented itself to Mrs. Smith and her family, charting the unfamiliar waters of a new place, language, and culture would prove challenging, especially with an 8, 12, and 18-year-old in tow.
Her 18-year-old son was the first member of the family to obtain a job, while Mrs. Smith tended to the children’s needs in their life. It was not until four months after their arrival that her husband began working as a construction worker. However, the expenses of the family still far surpassed the income.
Growing up in a small town in her native land, where education and a career came secondary to marriage and social norms held for girls, Mrs. Smith proved to be an anomaly; driven to make something of herself. She was a fierce student and against all odds earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting while pregnant with her first son.
Eager to pursue a professional career in the U.S. that would earn a decent living and one year after moving to the States, Mrs. Smith began taking specialized accounting courses at a local community college to brush up her prior learnings, master the differences between the accounting fields in the U.S. versus her home land, and learn the lingo. While she has since received certifications in accounting, her lack of work experience combined with her weakness in spoken English has proved a stubborn obstacle to her gaining employment.
Falling further in debt, Mrs. Smith and her family were referred to CHILD International for assistance where the family was vetted and subsequently entered into the program. Shortly after, Mrs. Smith was referred to AyZar Outreach as an applicant for the PODCOD program. Through this framework, AyZar Inc, a collaborator in the PODCOD program, would provide internship training to Mrs. Smith in return for the assistance she receives from CHILD International.
As a participant of PODCOD a customized plan of action has been designed for a six month period. Continued support and next steps will be evaluated at the completion of this first phase.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
- Intern at AyZar Inc. for 16 hours per week where she would be assigned and trained in various office and accounting tasks while getting familiar with the working environment and office norms in the U.S. Although there are other individuals in the office sharing her native language, she is expected to strictly speak in English at all time while at AyZar.
- Complete an English writing course at Irvine Valley College in Spring of 2019 and earn a grade of no lower than a B. Out-of-pocket expenses for the class will be paid by PODCOD.
- Get commitment from her children to speak to her in English at home.
- Finish a book of her choice in English and do an informal and short presentation on the book.
- Prepare and make two presentations related to her work at AyZar.
COMMITMENT TO GIVE BACK:
- To teach accounting to other participants of the program.
- Assist with the maintenance of AyZar Outreach’s accounting books.
As of this writing and two months into Phase 1, Mrs. Smith is diligently pursuing the program, as a result of which she has gotten renewed sense of optimism. Her previously grim face is now often times replaced with one full of sense of hope and pride. We hope and expect her to be PODCOD’s first success story.
There are several ways participants can give back to the AyZar community:
- Become a mentor, advisor, or trainer to our participants going through the PODCOD program.
- Become a speaker/trainer at AZO community events and programs.
- Enroll current employer as an AZO collaborator/partner to accept PODCOD program interns at their workplace.
- Refer qualified individuals as well as to the AZO programs
- Volunteer time to help with the administrative operations and growth of AZO programs.