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B.O.O.S.T. Vocational and Literacy Training Program

Female-headed households and their children are at high risk for recycled poverty, and children who grow up in poverty are at greater risk for health, behavior and emotional issues, low academic performance and high dropout rates.

Based at Zaman's Hope for Humanity Center, B.O.O.S.T. (Building Ongoing Opportunities through Skills Training) offers tuition-free literacy, culinary and sewing classes to help women secure skills needed to enter the job market or start a small business.  Through national certification exams, entrepreneurship training, and ongoing basic needs support throughout the program, B.O.O.S.T. students are empowered to pursue sustainable income and careers.

During the 2019-2020 school year alone, B.O.O.S.T. provided more than 10,700 training hours to adult learners.

In the fall of 2021, Zaman launched a Workforce Development program to provide students with apprenticeships and employment opportunities.  Based in our on-site Industrial Sewing Center and Workforce Development Kitchen, these tracks provide a safe, secure environment to help prepare clients for sustainable work outside of Zaman.  Their work experience at Zaman will include the creation of culinary products to market and the fulfillment of sewing commissions, ensuring that they will acquire a variety of skills to prepare them for growth in their chosen field.  

How You Can Help

  • Become a volunteer for the B.O.O.S.T. program.
  • Sponsor a woman's vocational training.
  • Donate a new or gently used sewing machine (household or industrial style), fabric or notions.

For more information about B.O.O.S.T., contact gsalka@zamaninternational.org or (313) 551-3994.

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