This year we were blessed with a group of young people thru SummerWorks and STRYVE.
Meet Reza. Reza along with his mother moved here from Iran this June. Shortly after he started working with Unify Portland. Knowing little English and lacking knowledge of American culture, he showed up on his first day eager to work. From his first day to his last day on the job Reza was on time, never missed a day of work, and completed all of his classroom assignments on black history. We were amazed with his work ethic.
We assigned Slavery by Another Name and a one page summary of the film. Because of the language barrier he had to watch the film three times and use google translate. His summary was outstanding and he provided a flawless presentation of his summary to our group.
To show appreciation of his hard work and commitment to the classroom Unify Portland rewarded him with a Laptop to help keep him on task with his education.
Good luck this school year Reza. Your humble and kind spirit did not go unnoticed. We enjoyed your presence. You made us laugh, but most importantly your story of the hard times you faced in your country gave us a better appreciation for our lives here in the States. Thank you for sharing your Journey with us!