Four years ago, Raghad Dib was resettled in South Australia with her family through the AMRC’s previous Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS). The 19-year-old studied at the Adelaide Secondary School of English and completed a Certificate III in Business through TAFE SA. She achieved an exceptional ATAR score and enrolled in a Bachelor of Optometry through the Flinders University. She is in her first year of university studies and is currently volunteering with the AMRC. “I had big dreams when I first arrived, but I found it was very hard to make an entry into the workplace or to get a job. I was on the edge of giving up, but I persisted. The key was to keep practising English. I wanted to volunteer and went to several places, but they turned me away.” Raghad is part of the AMRC Volunteer Training Program empowering young women of migrant and refugee background with skills and experience in preparation for employment.