Making Connections: The power of networks and relationships

This month at Cities of Migration, we are highlighting integration practices that use mentoring and networking to help build connections into and between communities — as well as to jobs, education and opportunities for enrichment and friendship for both newcomers and longtime city residents.

It’s the focus of our October webinar, “It’s Not Just Getting a Job: It’s Building a Career” which brings Copenghagen’s KVINFO and New York’s Upwardly Global together to discuss mentoring and networking in the context and of good HR practice and career development.  Join us for a free 60-minute webinar on October 20!

It is is also an important theme in this month’s featured good idea: Making Their Mark: Unlocking Educational Opportunity for Young Refugees

Under the theme ” Connect! ” we invite you to travel to Birmingham, Bremen, Toronto, London and Montreal for more good ideas on mentoring.

Peer Networks with a Focus on Youth from:
Birmingham (UK):  Voices of Acton’s peer network helps develop youth leadership for conflict resolution and neighbourhood renewal.

Toronto (Canada):  Maytree’s Scholarship Program uses more than funding to help young refugees access higher education and the opportunity to build new lives. Mentoring, a peer network, and group service projects help connect students to their new communities and focus their goals for the future.

Good Neighbourn networks work both ways:
London (UK): The Time Together program in London (UK)  connects refugees to ordinary Londoners and helps bridge the cultural and practical distances that can make a journey to a new life sometimes seem even further from home.

Bremen (Germany): A family mentoring program creates new friends and intergenerational connection while helping newcomers get settled.

Getting to Work:
Finally, last month’s focus on labourforce integration also included a look at mentoring programs in Montreal, Auckland and Toronto.