As we start to transition from the immediate action and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff are now in prime position to take a step back to assess how to create sustainable systems and processes. To better serve the needs of the Marshallese community, our staff must be trained with core competencies in the areas of program management, crisis intervention and disaster planning, early childhood education and youth development, and case management. This grant will enable us to provide professional development training and certifications for our staff.
we aim to refine and expand our current intake and case management processes by formalizng client relationship management systems to better track, manage, and refer out our clients’ needs; educating community members, provide advocacy and interpretation services especially for those that are hospitalized, phone banking operations to assess the need for additional services, coordinate distribution of food, supplies, and other necessities. We will also establish a Mutual Aid Assistance Fund for one time, emergency assistance for community members for rent, food, transportation, medical needs, etc., on a case-by-case basis. Lastly, we will develop a sound public relations and communications strategy leveraging what we learned from our COVID-19 work, enablig us to quickly get relevant information to the Marshallese community during times of crisis.
Higher education continues to be a barrier between family obligations and an individual's financial stability and future earning potential. MYOC believes that it can further address these obstacles using a two-fold approach. First, address the immediate needs of Marshallese families while at the same time hopefully lessening the burden of young people to serve as the primary intermediary between systems and their limited English proficient parents and elders. Second, we will expand our services for Marshallese youth including peer counseling, mentorship, higher education promotion, and youth advocacy. We will host workshops focused on problem-solving, critical thinking, financial awareness, and communication. MYOC believes that it is essential to provide these services in conjunction with community programs that foster Marshallese cultural identity and pride and reinforce the values of respect for elders and community service that define the Marshallese diaspora.