Though Hispanic refugees have varying backgrounds and reasons for coming to the U.S., they often encounter steep barriers when finding jobs and advancing in their careers. These can include a lack of familiarity with U.S. workplace culture and the job search process, low levels of English proficiency, and a lack of understanding of career pathways in the U.S.
Mentorship can be incredibly beneficial in helping Hispanic refugees to find work and advance their careers – not only for those looking for their first job in the U.S., but also for mid- to high-skilled Hispanic refugees who are already employed in the U.S. and looking for a more advanced role that better fits their skills and experience. It is why Tent has joined with The National Hispanic Corporate Council to launch the Hispanic Refugee Mentorship Program – an initiative through which companies in the U.S. have committed to provide mentorship to at least 1,200 Hispanic refugees.
This resource provides companies in the U.S. with critical information about how to partner with Tent to establish and implement an effective mentorship program for Hispanic refugees. It includes:
- A general overview of Hispanic refugees in the U.S., including who they are, as well as the challenges they face when trying to find, secure, and maintain work.
- Information for companies about how to implement a scalable mentorship program in partnership with Tent.
- Information for mentors about how to coordinate, manage, and build a productive relationship with their mentee.
This guide is a collaboration between the Tent Partnership for Refugees and Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (LIRS).