New York City-based World Education Services has announced the launch of a $30 million fund in support of organizations working to break down barriers that keep immigrants and refugees from contributing their skills and talents to their new communities.
Named in honor of the organization's retiring executive director and CEO, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund will support organizations and programs that address the challenges of underemployment among immigrants/refugees and help them integrate into the workforce. The fund is slated to begin its work in the United States later this summer and will expand its efforts to Canada in 2020.
"Newcomers are often held back from meaningful employment or underemployed in survival jobs," said WES Mariam Assefa Fund senior director Monica Munn. "The fund will deploy catalytic resources to address that challenge. Our plan is to support organizations that are working to accelerate progress, spur innovation, and permanently dismantle the barriers that hinder economic advancement among immigrants and refugees."