Buffalo nonprofits unite to help immigrants, refugees through mentorship program

Under the Professional Pathways Program, immigrants and refugees will be matched with volunteer mentors that align with their backgrounds in their respective home countries.

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New York’s International Institute of Buffalo and Leadership Buffalo joined forces again to create a mentorship program that will allow immigrants and refugees to resume their careers.

Under the Professional Pathways Program, immigrants and refugees will be matched with volunteer mentors that align with their backgrounds in their respective home countries.

The program’s kickoff meeting last November 17 drew 48 participants from various countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, and Ukraine.

“The new Americans are so important to our community, and to help them become productive members of our society is very important,” said Leadership Buffalo CEO Althea Luehrsen.

Luehrsen added that Leadership Buffalo’s values of service, diversity, inclusion, and openness to change align with the program’s mission to help individuals be their best.

Volunteer mentors from various professional fields, including law, dentistry, nursing, human resources, and accounting, joined the program.

The two non-profits aim to enhance Buffalo by uniting leaders through collaborations, community awareness, and civic engagement.

Their six programs educate individuals and provide resources to make a positive impact. Participants delve into the challenges, concepts, complexity, and practice of leadership through a series of day sessions focused on important issues.

Nathan Yasis

Nathan Yasis

Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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