Source: Pars Equality Center (Pars)
"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." - Henrik Ibsen
This month Pars Equality Center held an inspiring career mentoring event designed to put some of the amazing expertise that we have available in the Bay Area to help those in need, and help them plan their new and exciting careers.
The mentoring meeting was held on Saturday October 13th, from 11-3pm, at the Pars Equality Center offices in San Jose. 40 attendees registered in advance, however as an indication of how important this new service is becoming, well over 55 attendees came to the preliminary event.
Pars champion and mentoring volunteer Mr. Cyrus Golkar who has graciously agreed to help Pars in the mentoring area signed up 22 attendees, to help them connect with the right mentors with experience in their specialty areas of expertise.
All of the attendees had a wide range of professional experience, technical training, and unique skills, and the overall level of knowledge was very high.
There was overwhelming support by all who attended for continuing the regularly scheduled gatherings and meetings in order to continue to provide this kind of help to each other, as well as learn form each other's experiences, successes and even failures.
As a good example of the synergy that these kinds of events can create, one attendee who was a sewing expert, offered her expertise and casually suggested that she could even teach a tailoring/sewing class. Immediately 4 hands went up, and the attendees signed up for her sewing and clothing tailoring classes!
As a result, Reza Odabaee, Pars Director of Social Services promised to arrange for the needed space available for this new class in our San Jose facility.
2 former expert mathematics teachers from Iran who also attended, announced their availability to provide top notch tutoring in mathematics to all students interested. Pars will spread the word to local families and those kids needing mathematics tutoring.
About Pars Equality Center:
The mission of Pars Equality Center is to support the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States, including refugees, asylees, immigrants and the American-born; and to advocate for their perspectives in American society. We work to create a more just and compassionate community in which Iranians of all cultures and beliefs can participate.
Social Services: The Social Services Department of Pars Equality Center serves and advocates for Iranian families and individuals in need, especially refugees, asylees and those living in poverty. Our Farsi-speaking staff help new arrivals and other low-income Iranian families or individuals successfully adjust to living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
Legal Services: Pars Equality Center provides legal services to the Iranian American community on a sliding scale fee basis. A large portion of Pars' current legal services is related to the Iran Sanctions regulations. We work to ensure that Iranian Americans can maintain familial ties with Iran despite the current political climate.
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