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This program provides one-on-one guidance, coaching and support for recently arrived college-educated African immigrants and recent African graduates from U.S. institutions. ABN links and supports both mentors and mentees to ensure successful mentoring relationships that enable mentees to develop their careers. Mentors work with mentees for one year, and during this period, mentees learn to develop their 5-year career development plans, equipped and supported to implement their career goals. Program participants are expected to have determined their career fields before applying to this program. Use the contact form to inquire about this program and the enrollment period.
ABN works with African immigrants who have at least a bachelor’s degree from their home countries or the U.S., or have a long track record of work experience from their home countries to explore career options that best utilize their education and foreign work experiences. The career advising process involves labor market and qualifications research, informational interviews, and job shadowing. Successful participants are empowered to make informed decision about their career paths and are often able to forgo other trainings and education that are not necessary to their goals. ABN partners with existing job centers to provide job seeker services and program participants are expected to have a permanent work authorization. Interested in this program? Use the contact form to submit all inquiries.
ABN creates a professional network between experienced professionals and newly arrived and young African immigrants in Massachusetts. Quarterly speaker series events bring together local professionals for networking sessions and industry-specific group discussions to help overcome common professional challenges many African immigrants face. Upcoming African Professional Networking events are listed on the event calendar, or join our email list to receive event news and update. Questions about upcoming events? Use the contact form to submit all inquires.
Orientation workshops for recent African immigrants consist of interactive sessions geared to provide reliable and fundamental information on living in the United States. Experts cover topics on housing, health care, personal finances, job search, education, career development, social service, cultural awareness and social skills. Workshop participants create individualized integration action plans to guide them as they settle in their new country. Workshop participants can apply to be paired with a mentor who will assist them in navigating the systems of the new country. Upcoming orientation workshops are listed in the event calendar. Would you like to learn more? Use the contact form to submit all workshop inquiries.
The African Bridge Network was inspired by the need to make reliable information, resources and networking opportunities readily available for recent and established African immigrants in order to maximize their potential. The aim is to help eliminate situations where highly educated African immigrants (the most educated of all US foreign-born populations) often work low-paying, odd and part-time jobs that underutilize their experience and skills, thereby limiting their contribution to our society.
Our first Advisory Meeting brought together active leaders and members from the African community. After a lively brainstorming of our needs, challenges and opportunities, we came up with a plan of action. The community support and endorsement inspired the birth of the organization. We will continue to partner with relevant community groups in achieving our goal of helping African immigrants integrate meaningfully into the society of their new homeland.
We officially started our two-year pilot phase with a narrow focus on the African professionals. In these first few years, we will try to prove the efficacy of our programs, refine our model and then grow with each new challenge. Our objective will be to build our capacity to serve the bigger African immigrant community in Massachusetts.
Following the success of the pilot phase, we will expand our programs to include the larger African immigrant community in Massachusetts as well as in other states in the U.S.
Our team is dedicated to the continued success and growth of the organization. Make sure you show them your gratitude by liking their social media pages and spreading the word.