When women complete their Zaman journey the goal is for them to set out on a sustainable path to education, employment, or small business ownership – and ultimately a better life that lifts their family out of poverty.
This summer Zaman is piloting the Workforce Prep Path, a program designed to ensure clients have all the skills they need to succeed at work or in the classroom after they leave Zaman.
“When you walk into a job interview, you bring your whole self and all that’s happening in your life with you. So many of the obstacles to successful employment start outside the workplace. It’s important that workforce prep programming is holistic and helps people manage things like mental wellness and finances so they can pursue better jobs and education and succeed over the long term,” said Gigi Salka, Zaman’s director of BOOST ((Building Ongoing Opportunities through Skills Training).
The 12-week program offers online instruction in four distinct areas of curriculum, including: mental wellness, health and nutrition, job readiness, and financial literacy. Courses are available for native English and Arabic speakers as well as those who are learning English as a second language.
The prep path is open to clients receiving support through the Bayt Al-Zahra social work program or those pursuing vocational and literacy training through Zaman’s BOOST program. The goal is to test the pilot over the summer and eventually offer the program twice a year in the fall and winter.