FlexJobs Donates to Samaschool | FlexJobs
This month FlexJobs is proud to feature and donate to Samaschool.
Each month during 2020, FlexJobs is highlighting and donating to a fantastic nonprofit organization that we feel strongly about. Come back each month to read about our selected nonprofit and see how they are helping to shape a better world.
This month, we’re donating to Samaschool, a nonprofit in San Francisco that helps prepare low-income populations to succeed as independent workers. Being a freelancer is different than being an employee, and it’s important to understand what it is to be a “business of one” to succeed. Samaschool is helping make that success a reality for students.
Community Partners for Freelance Success
As the economy changes, workers need to change with it, but that’s not always easy to do. Training programs can be expensive or hard to complete. But, Samaschool changes the game, partnering with community services that serve low-income communities to give trainees the tools and skills they need to succeed as freelancers.
Samaschool provides an introduction to freelancing, including topics such as what the differences are between being a freelancer and an employee, the pros and cons of each, and how to secure freelance jobs. They also provide information on managing your life as a freelancer, legal and tax considerations, and goal setting.
More Than Classes
But Samaschool provides more than training. The program has additional support and resources for trainees to help them grow and succeed as they start their freelancing journey. With access to tools that help students navigate branding and pitching and an alumni community that offers support and encouragement, students receive advice and support long after the training courses end.
At Samaschool, students learn more than “how to be a freelancer.” The program helps trainees advance their careers. By learning how to be a successful freelancer, trainees develop their hard and soft skills, making them more desirable job applicants. As they freelance, trainees build their resume and portfolio, proving they can do the job. And, ultimately, trainees build their confidence and connections using all the skills they’ve learned, opening multiple career opportunities to them.
On a personal note, our donation this month is also in memory of Leila Janah, the amazing founder of Samaschool (as well as Samasource and LXMI), who tragically passed away January 23, 2020, at the age of 37 after battling a form of cancer called Epithelioid Sarcoma.
I knew Leila through our involvement in the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community, and I was always in awe of her drive, passion, brilliance, and heart. We shared a passion for helping people find jobs and, over the years, had meaningful conversations around the importance of improving unemployment, underemployment, gender equity, and inclusiveness in the workforce globally.
And, while Leila is gone, her legacy of social entrepreneurship and her belief in the concept to “give work” will absolutely live on.
To learn more about Samaschool and their mission, visit their website.
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