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WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces $1.2 Million in Grants to Support Immigrant, Refugee Employment Initiatives

Wednesday September 4, 2019 | by WES Global Talent Bridge

World Education Services this week announced its WES Mariam Assefa Fund has awarded $1.2 million in grants toward its goal of catalyzing economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. The grants have been awarded to five organizations in the U.S.: the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, JFF (Jobs for the Future), Mission Driven Finance, Upwardly Global, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

“These partners bring a wealth of experience and innovative thinking to this effort,” said Monica Munn, senior director of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. “The insights and evidence that their work will generate is something that will be shared far and wide to radically move the field of immigrant-focused workforce development forward.” Read the full news release here.


WES Global Talent Bridge is a program dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States and Canada. Global Talent Bridge joins with institutional partners and community organizations to help skilled immigrants leverage their training, achieve their professional goals, and contribute their talents to their full potential.