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For many people, a new job can be a challenge — and a language barrier adds to that challenge.Yasamin Ibrahimi is from Afghanistan and been in Iowa since 2021. Over the last month, Geeta Rahmani has been her mentor, teaching her in their mother tongue how to work at Goodwill. Ibrahimi is the first participant in Goodwill’s Refugee Employment Skills Program. “I can’t imagine what it’d be like coming to a whole new country and trying to navigate and figure out how to live in this world, how to find a job, how to be successful. So anytime Goodwill could be a solution like that, it’s over the moon for us,” said Mary Hunter, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa.The goal of the program is to empower others.”Engage them and help them find employment and make it purposeful for them, is purposeful for us,” Hunter said.During the six-week training, Ibrahimi will learn other skills, such as teamwork and communication. Ibrahimi is proof that language and cultural differences are not barriers to success. Goodwill is looking for two more people to join this skills program. The applicant must be at least 18 and must be a woman refugee from Afghanistan. If you are interested, you can fill out a form on Goodwill of Central Iowa’s website.

For many people, a new job can be a challenge — and a language barrier adds to that challenge.

Yasamin Ibrahimi is from Afghanistan and been in Iowa since 2021. Over the last month, Geeta Rahmani has been her mentor, teaching her in their mother tongue how to work at Goodwill.

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Ibrahimi is the first participant in Goodwill’s Refugee Employment Skills Program.

“I can’t imagine what it’d be like coming to a whole new country and trying to navigate and figure out how to live in this world, how to find a job, how to be successful. So anytime Goodwill could be a solution like that, it’s over the moon for us,” said Mary Hunter, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa.

The goal of the program is to empower others.

“Engage them and help them find employment and make it purposeful for them, is purposeful for us,” Hunter said.

During the six-week training, Ibrahimi will learn other skills, such as teamwork and communication.

Ibrahimi is proof that language and cultural differences are not barriers to success.

Goodwill is looking for two more people to join this skills program. The applicant must be at least 18 and must be a woman refugee from Afghanistan. If you are interested, you can fill out a form on Goodwill of Central Iowa’s website.

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