Asia, FG Survivor Services Coordinator & Advocate
What do avocados, lime juice, and interview skills have in common? Last week, the D.C. JewelGirls found out during a special job-readiness workshop sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill. In lieu of usual jewelry making, 16 girls spent the afternoon learning how to make guacamole, ace an interview, and communicate effectively on the job. As David, manager of two area Chipotle restaurants, demonstrated how to cut an avocado, he led JewelGirls step-by-step through the hiring process.
For many of our at-risk girls and survivors of trafficking, tasting guacamole was a first (the positive reception was unanimous!) For even more, this workshop was a rare opportunity to meet a local employer, ask smart questions, and practice mock interviews. Individualized, one on one job counseling is also available to girls five days a week at the FAIR Girls office. At twice-weekly JewelGirls workshops, participants gain access to resources, develop business and customer service acumen, and network with community leaders during jewelry sales parties.
We recognize and celebrate that the girls we work with all come to us with diverse experiences, levels of education, and goals. Instead of a rigid classroom where everyone applies monotonously to jobs online or practices typing, FAIR Girls focuses on starting where the girl is. For Erica*, this means rehearsing her phone manner until she feels confident enough to call a manager to check on the status of her application by herself. For Amelie*, this means adapting her CV to an American, retail-friendly resume. And for Veronica*, this means discussing how to tactfully communicate her concerns to a manager who keeps delaying her start date.
Psst! We’ve saved the best for last; a tenacious JewelGirl successfully completed the interview process and scored a job at Chipotle! Join us in congratulating her and wishing her luck on her journey.
If you’re wondering what it takes for a girl to find, get, and keep a job, here are 5 reasons to help her become Free, Aware, Inspired, Restored.
1. FAIR Girls is constantly developing business partnerships with local employers. Support our programs staff so we can continue seeking opportunities for our girls!
2. To create resumes, write cover letters, and search for jobs, girls need laptops. Help us purchase new laptops for the office!
3. Finding a job is a job in itself. For $5, you can treat a girl to lunch while she works on professionally developing herself in our office.
4. Our staff and volunteers prep girls for interviews, including how to make a great first impression. Donate now so girls can shop for a work-ready wardrobe!
5. Yay! Now that she’s got a job, how’s a girl to get there? $250 will pay for her first month’s transportation so she can get on her feet!
Whatever you give, your pledge will support her every step of the way!