Empower is a charity to empower, educate, and enable refugee youth to access new opportunities and pursue meaningful paths of their choice.
There is no doubt that education is important, so important in fact that the United Nations has declared it a basic human right. However the reality is that only 1% of refugees make it to higher education. We believe education is pivotal to changing the future for refugees and without education an entire generation is at risk.
Empower provides a mentoring and support initiative to try to address the underrepresentation of refugees in higher education in New Zealand through education, leadership, and capacity-building. Empower focuses on assisting individuals within their early career stages and provide a youth specific support network within the resettlement process.
Our aim is to overcome any access barriers that are preventing refugee youth from pursuing higher education, through our mentoring programme.
At Empower, our youth mentees will be paired with a mentor who is studying or working in an area of their interest to help give guidance and support in pursuing their respective career paths and goals.
We want to support refugee background youth in New Zealand to pursue higher education and all the amazing opportunities available.
Any funding you provide will go towards:
(1) Workshops, seminars, and career expos for our youth.
(2) Sensitivity and cultural training for our mentors.
(3) General running and administration costs.
Who we are:
Empower is a charity designed to address barriers to higher education and future career paths that Refugee-background youth face.
Empower is not designed to look exclusively at our mentees background, but at future opportunities we can provide for our youth to pursue their dreams and ambitions in New Zealand.
What we do:
This trust has been founded with the aim of providing opportunities for refugee-background (RB) youth through a mentoring relationship.
Our mentees will be paired with a mentors who are studying or working in an area of their interest to help give guidance and support in pursuing their respective career paths and goals. It is a way of overcoming access issues for RB youth in New Zealand.
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