Futura is offered in churches. Susan Erickson and Marla Burton launched this program in 2017 within a church’s English as a Second Language (ESOL) program to help immigrants understand job search in the United States. In 15 class sessions, students receive job search skills training: writing a resume, master application, reference sheet, cover letters, answers to standard interview questions, practice interviews, internet job search, and information about other resources in the community. Information interviews are arranged with contacts in an appropriate field for each student. At the end of the program students have a comprehensive, personalized Job Search Methods Manual to serve them as they look for a job or a promotion.
The main contribution of the training is giving students a safe place to process their experiences and build new relationships. Pillars of the program are:
- Learning Community. A community of learners is carefully created. The new friendships and multi-cultural understanding among the students can be a lasting gift to them.
- Conversation Methods. The conversation methods bring out student insights, involve them in learning, and help them form new self images.
- Volunteer Participation. A team of 4 to 10 volunteers is involved in each of the evening class sessions. Students are assigned mentors, use Google Docs and have a Job Search Learning Lab. They become aware of a large number of “hidden hands” that are there to welcome and assist them as they heal from past trauma and begin to make a home here. They no longer experience such a sense of isolation.
The hope is that this program can help other church volunteers play an important part in efforts to welcome immigrants flooding into the United States.
For more information contact: Susan Craver Erickson – email@example.com or Marla Burton – firstname.lastname@example.org.