At the J, we walk the road of resettlement side-by-side with refugees, not for a few weeks or a few months, but for the long-term. We tailor our approach to the strengths and needs of each population. This approach was on full display, when we partnered with Welcome.US to convene 30 Ukrainian refugees for a day of career readiness and networking at Goldman Sach’s Manhattan offices.
The event was held in partnership with Welcome.US, a national initiative that empowers Americans to welcome and support those seeking refuge here and help them thrive. The Goldman Sachs team provided both tactical skill development and aspirational support for Ukrainian newcomers rebuilding their lives and professions after the trauma of the past 20 months. The newcomers spent a full day in a deep dive on employment preparation — participating in mock interviews, developing their LinkedIn profiles, networking and editing their resumes, and more. David Solomon, Goldman Sachs CEO, joined the event for a fireside chat sharing his own professional journey and the characteristics needed to succeed in today’s workforce.
The J consistently leads in immigrant resettlement, and this is especially so with refugees fleeing the ongoing war in Ukraine. We have resettled more than 10,000 from the region and are the lead conveners of the south Brooklyn Ukraine Response Center. Our innovations led to this partnership with Goldman Sachs, a model that we are eager to replicate as we set clients on the long road towards self-sufficiency.