Rachel is a Refugee AmeriCorps Employment Specialist. She assists in planning, scheduling, and facilitating ongoing employability skills training for newly resettled refugees and specifically clients in the Preferred Communities Program.
To that end, Rachel will help clients with special needs to find and keep jobs so that they may become empowered to be a self-sufficient. She hopes to host classes that would further advance job readiness skills. Rachel will also assist her clients’ through training that will educate them on what to expect in an American workforce environment, how to apply for jobs, how to prepare for interviews for jobs, etc.
Rachel believes NCASC’s image reflects to the world, the importance of helping others, especially those in your community who may not look like you, think like you, nor speak like you.
Rachel is 23 years old and a recently accepted AmeriCorps member working with NCASC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2015, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. Rachel’s Religious Studies degree gave her an opportunity to learn about and realize her passion for different cultures around the world.
After graduation, Rachel saved funds to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to teach English to Refugees from all over Africa, which gave her exposure to many cultures throughout the continent. She visited her students’ homes where they served native foods from their home countries and taught her some of their cultural norms. She enjoyed learning all of these new things and being exposed to many new cultures, but most importantly, she loved the people and saw the pride on their faces when they succeeded at things they worked so hard to achieve. She knew she wanted to continue being a part of that. As a result, she felt and continues to feel this opportunity with NCASC is something the Lord wanted for her and placed into her path by giving her opportunities to travel abroad, learn about people from different places, backgrounds, and cultures in a more in-depth way.