New Beginnings in Cedar-Riverside
Learning work readiness and job search skills is a key first step for people wanting to redefine themselves. Our New Beginnings Career Workshop enrolled 326 in North Minneapolis last year, teaching job-seekers skills to re-launch their job searches for greater success.
In January 2015, we’ve launched an adapted curriculum for a new audience in Cedar-Riverside site, preparing people facing language and cultural barriers to enter the job market. The revamped New Beginnings at Coyle is always accompanied by a translator, and a brand new and significant part of the program focuses on cultural awareness.
According to Jama Omar, EMERGE Workforce Coach based at the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar Riverside, New Beginnings does not ask participants to change their culture. Instead, it teaches them to become aware of it and to communicate about it to potential employers. We are delighted to make this important training more accessible: last year 20% of those EMERGE served spoke a primary language other than English, the vast majority Somali.
One job-seeker had worked with Jama for over a month, going on many interviews, but never getting called back. He attended the week-long New Beginnings class, where he learned how to tell his story and he practiced interviewing. He completed the workshop, got called for another interview, and was hired. Said Jama, “I’m excited about seeing these changes and grateful for an opportunity to help the community.”