In the beginning, our focus was helping refugees. Today, we reach out to all immigrants and under-privileged individuals who wish to belong and have a job.
Our founder, Jin-Ju Jahns, is a first-generation American, the daughter of a Korean immigrant mother and an American father. Given her background, Jin-Ju is familiar with the challenges and sometimes obstacles of integration. She first met refugees in Munich during the large wave of immigration 2014 to 2016. It was in Munich that she launched a gardening project where foreigners and locals would plant and harvest fruit and vegetables together. With this experience, she founded Social Impact Recruiting (SIR) UG, a not-for-profit organization. Jin-Ju is convinced that jobs are the key to successful integration: Empowerment by Employment.
At an InterNations event (an international social network for Germans and ex-pats), where Jin-Ju presented SIR to the InterNations volunteer Group involved in charity work that she met Dinese Hannewald, likewise an American but with an immigrant background. Part of Dinese’s family immigrated from the Caribbean and she too understood the challenges of being a newcomer. Living in Germany since 1990 with her own advisory firm, Dinese was looking for a way to support Germany with its integration efforts and to expand her philanthropic activities locally. She too wanted to improve the lives and the situation of new arrivals in Germany.
These two women got on well from the start and quickly became acquainted. Dinese with her “Grace Impact gGmbH”, a not-for-profit social impact company, became Plant‑a-Talent’s first sponsor. At the same time, she supported Jin‑Ju’s organization by making a private donation and afterwards, helped the start-up in the fields of management and finance on a pro-bono basis.
In March 2017, Dinese and Jin-Ju decided to join forces. They bought buy the company from its original owner, and in late summer 2017, the two managing partners decided to look for a new name and brand that better represented their personal views and objectives. In September 2017, the predecessor organization “Social Impact Recruiting UH” (SIR) was transformed into the progressive, personalized and growth-oriented Plant-a-Talent name brand and capitalized into a gGmbH.
Plant-a-Talent has helped over 220 refugees in Munich and its vicinity find successful employment. The company has also provided mentoring problems to over 50 candidates and helped many with improving their IT skills.
In December 2018, Jin-Ju left Plant-a-Talent to focus on motherhood (since November 2017) and her growing family. Dinese remains as sole shareholder and Managing partner.
NEW STRATEGY FOR 2019
Given the large drop in new refugees arriving in Germany, Dinese decided to modify Plant-a-Talent’s strategy by offering its helpful coaching services to wider audience. As of January 2019, Plant-a-Talent offers its job preparation, mentoring programs and IT courses to all asylum seekers, immigrants and under-privileged individuals. The number of workshops will be expanded during 2019 to include : Basic Finance, Financial Empowerment for Women, Germany- Politics, Economy and Social Society, etc.
Please Support Us
To date, our company is exclusively financed by grants, sponsorships and donations from foundations, companies and private individuals. Dinese continues to donate her private funds to keep the company operating. While our goal is offer selected new workshops for women of all backgrounds on a fee basis, this new expected revenue stream is not yet sufficient to cover our operating expenses.