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B.O.O.S.T. Vocational and Literacy Training Program

Female-headed households and their children are at high risk for recycled poverty, and children who grow up in poverty are at greater risk for health, behavior and emotional issues, low academic performance and high dropout rates.

Established in 2007, B.O.O.S.T. (Building Ongoing Opportunities through Skills Training) empowers women who are marginalized due to lack of education or opportunity. Whether suffering the effects of divorce,  domestic violence, chronic illness, immigration or any other causes, these women lack the skills necessary to support themselves and their families. Learning a trade is a valuable tool to empower this vulnerable population, offering a chance to break the cycle of poverty through basic education, and transitioning them from dependency to self-reliance.

With a variety of trainings, Zaman International’s B.O.O.S.T. program offers single mothers and marginalized women the skills to gain employment for a chance at a better life, a strong sense of accomplishment, and self-sustainability.

Since 2010, we expanded our services to include various forms of support including pro-bono legal support and emotional well-being workshops. Since then, B.O.O.S.T.  has provided 124 women the training needed to gain employment and reach self-reliance.

 

Past B.O.O.S.T. Programs Include:


Literacy: Classes teach the basics of the English language, including reading and writing skills. Courses begin with the alphabet and numerals and build up to more advanced language competencies, including basic computer skills.

GED Training: This training program offers a next step for women who wish to enter the job market.  Because many of these women lack a high school education, successful completion of the GED program opens numerous opportunities. Upon completion of the GED training, Zaman assists graduates in pursuing appropriate higher education and job placement.

Driver’s Education: Transportation is a key element to empowerment, and many marginalized women are unable to go to work, attend doctor appointments, or take their children to school due to this barrier. Zaman helps these women obtain a driver’s license and provides access to affordable automobiles, which are donated or purchased, to help put the family on the road to self-reliance.

Sewing for Literacy: This program combines basic English literacy skills with instruction in sewing. By using the alphabet and numeric systems to measure and communicate, this training program combines the goals of learning basic English with the skilled trade of tailoring to offer students the opportunity to find stable employment.

Project Able: Ability Awareness is important to Zaman International. We aim to support the inherent dignity of persons with disabilities within ethnic communities and minority groups where cultural taboos potentially affect their care. Many of our families have children who are differently abled. We make these families a top priority.
 

How You Can Help

  • Become a Volunteer Coordinator for the B.O.O.S.T. program.
  • Teach, or assist in teaching, one of our training courses.
  • Provide childcare for mothers attending skill-building sessions.
  • Volunteer as a seamstress.
  • Empower a woman by donating a vehicle.
  • Sponsor a woman's vocational training.
  • Donate a new or gently used sewing machine (household or industrial style).

For more information about B.O.O.S.T., contact us  at boost@zamaninternational.org or (313) 551-3994.

We would like to thank the GM Foundation, MESEA, and the Khaki Foundation for their generous donation in support of B.O.O.S.T.