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Empowering Refugees at the NICE
Employer: Nashville International Center for Empowerment
Description of the Organization
The overall mission of NICE is: "The Nashville International Center for Empowerment, formerly the Sudanese Community and Women's Services Center, is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to empowering refugees and immigrants of Middle Tennessee through direct social services and educational programs."
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
Working in the Education Program of NICE, I had the duty of enrolling clients into mostly English classes, although other classes such as GED and computer training were available as well. I also researched various community events and activities within Nashville, TN to help the Parent Club and after-school children group develop. Grant research was also done.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
I gained more interpersonal communication skills as well as patience. I learned about immigration policies and the various documentation involved with that as well as how refugee and immigrant presence is affecting the Nashville area. Also learned quite a bit about all the work and involvement it takes to keep a community non-profit running to help its clients.
Favorite Part of the Experience
I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the staff of NICE as well as talking with the clients, who are from all over the world and hearing their stories.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
I hope to have a career in an internationally-orientated job, whether that job is abroad or right here in the US. I enjoy the non-profit sector, and spending time working with one helping refugees and immigrants was definitely a grand experience for me.
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