We are hosting the First Annual Employer Roundtable on Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7:30am – 9:00 am at Jewish Family Service (8804 Balboa Avenue, San Diego CA 92123). This will be an opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from employers who currently employ job seekers from the refugee community in a variety of different industries. Representatives from these companies will discuss the successes they have had hiring refugees as well as the strategies they have used to overcome barriers.
For more information, please contact Becky Morines, Co-Chair of the Employment Task Force at email@example.com or at 858-637-3333.
Celebrate our Third Annual World Refugee Day Celebration with San Diego’s diverse community on Saturday, June 22, at the Market Creek Plaza (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego CA 92114). Join us for cultural performances and panel discussions. Round out the day by visiting our Bazaar, where you can purchase food, textiles and crafts from local refugee business owners. Detailed event information can find in the event website. For general inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keynote Speaker for our Third Annual International Night of Networking on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
(5:30-7:30 PM at ResCare. 3910 University Ave. 3rd Floor, San Diego CA 92105)
Scott H. Silverman
Author, Speaker, Coach
Catalyst for Change
Silverman is a charismatic speaker and coach with a passion for helping people achieve their
passions in life. He is the author of:Tell Me No, I Dare You: A Guide for Living a Heroic Life (Best
Sellers list, Warwicks, San Diego).
“This account of how one determined man has helped countless
people transform from victims into productive members of society will
touch your heart and melt away your cynicism.”
– Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and The One
Silverman has received numerous awards and honors including being named CNN Hero of the
Week and the City of San Diego honored him by selecting February 19 as “Scott Silverman
Day” for his contributions to the community.
For over two decades he was the Executive Director and Founder of Second Chance, a human
services agency that is committed to breaking the cycle of unemployment, poverty, and
homelessness by offering job readiness training, employment placement assistance, mental
health counseling, case management, and affordable housing referrals to people who desire to
change their lives. Over the past 15 years Scott has assisted more than 24,000 people in San
Diego gain employment.
Silverman is an active member of the community as a proud Rotarian of Club #33; a Paul Harris
Fellow; Eureka Fellow; member, Eureka Communities National Board of Trustees; and a past
Board member of the San Diego Community Housing Corporation.
Through the years, he has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership and
dedication to the improvement of his community including the Henrietta Rubenstein Community
Award, Eureka’s Outstanding Fellow Award, the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Frank
Curran Humanitarian Award, the San Diego Press Club Headliner Award, the San Diego County
Board of Supervisors Citizen of the Week Award and It Takes A Community Award Honoree. In
2003, Silverman was selected as one of the Top 50 People to Watch by San Diego Magazine.
In October 2005, he was given the Channel 10 Leadership Award for the second time. In
February 2007, Silverman was appointed to the City of San Diego Commission on Gang
Prevention and Intervention. In April 2007, he was voted as one of four “Who Are Your Heroes?”
sponsored by KNSD NBC San Diego. In 2008, he became a member of the Honorary Deputy
Sheriff Association. In March 2010, he joined the United Way Home Again Board of Directors as
well as the Gang Task Force, which is part of the Institute for Public Strategies.
Silverman has extensive knowledge and experience with the relationship between
unemployment, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and incarceration. Silverman is a
frequent speaker to political, business and community groups on the need for prisoner reform to
prevent homelessness, enhance public safety and reduce costs for California’s taxpayers by
helping former inmates to avoid recidivism and re-incarceration.
We are hosting the Third Annual International Night of Networking on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 5:30-7:30 PM at ResCare. (3910 University Ave. 3rd Floor, San Diego CA 92105). This will be an opportunity for employers and industry representatives to informally mingle with qualified job-seekers in the fields of Information Technology, Engineering, Biotechnology, and the growing Green Industry, who have come to the US as refugees or asylees fleeing war and persecution. It is not a job fair, but rather aims to help these professionals familiarize themselves with American-style networking and to provide some general information on prospects for re-entering their fields of expertise. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Happy New Year!
We will have our first general meeting on January 15, 2013. Please join our first meeting for 2013!
Please note that our meeting location has changed starting January 2013.
New location is the Alliance for African Assistance office. Parking is available in the rear lot and on streets around the office.
Next general meeting:
Tuesday, January 15, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Alliance for African Assistance, 5952 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115 | Get Directions
Focus: Labor Related Issues in the San Diego Refugee Communities
Come join us at our First Refugee Employment Summit! The Summit is a great opportunity for any refugee or asylee seeking a job opportunity or job upgrade in San Diego county to network and interact with professionals from various industries in San Diego. It will be from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Cuyamaca College Student Center (Location). For more information, please visit the Facebook page for Refugee Employment Resource Summit 2012.
Celebrate our Second Annual World Refugee Day Celebration with San Diego’s diverse community on Saturday, June 16, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Our beautiful promotion video by a Los Angeles based photographer Samuel Bendall is now available here. Detailed event information can find in the event website.
The second annual “International Night of Networking” focusing on foreign-credentialed refugee engineers, health care and other professionals will take place on Wednesday, October 19. The event aims to introduce the regional economy to the global talent within the various refugee communities, and to offer refugee professionals an opportunity to network with peers in their industries and fields of expertise here. Industry representatives interested in participating please visit the event website or contact the Refugee Forum. (more…)
More than 700 visitors flocked to the Museum of Photographic Arts on Sunday, June 19, to enjoy world-class film & photography and inspiring refugee panelists during the 2011 World Refugee Day celebration. View stunning photos from the day’s happenings , and watch an excellent video documentary about the day on the Refugee Forum Youtube channel, where the event preview video is also available.
Celebrate San Diego as the refugee resettlement capital of the world and sample its diversity with fantastic food, fascinating photography, vivid video installations and inspiring discussions.
At the prestigious Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, join Pulitzer Prize winner Don Bartletti, local photography heroes Sam Hodgson and Roberto “Bear” Guerra, and award-winning Iraqi filmmaker Fady Hadid for a carefully curated afternoon of film and photography highlighting the many contributions refugees make to their new communities in San Diego.