The Refugee Response invites you to our New Mentor Orientation to learn more about our work to empower members of the refugee community through education and mentorship.
*This will be the FINAL Orientation offered in preparation for our 2017 Program Cycle, and is required for participation in the program. We hope you will join us!*
K-12 Student Mentoring Program
We are seeking motivated, compassionate volunteers to take part in our K-12 Student Mentoring Program, providing academic and acculturation support for resettled refugee children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Volunteers are matched with a refugee student and spend 2 hours per week after school over the course of a year to provide one-on-one tutoring, ESL coaching, and mentorship. Mentors play a critical role in supporting their mentee’s self-management, communication skills, and acculturation, empowering them to successfully navigate social and academic challenges in their new community. Mentoring takes place at the student's home in the Greater Cleveland area with opportunities to chaperon field trips to local attractionssuch as the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Great Lakes Science Center, and more.
REAP Adult Mentors
We are also looking to match volunteers to serve as one-on-one mentors to each of the adult trainees in our Refugee Employment through Agriculture Program (REAP). Our trainees are extremely hard working and spirited individuals from Burma, Somalia, Burundi, and Bhutan. They are part of a 14 month training program that supports them in building skills that will prepare them for successful employment and acculturation in the US. They receive English language training as part of the program, and would benefit from mentoring to address individual needs and build confidence. Mentors will serve as a supportive coach outside of the classroom setting to ensure trainees can actively apply their language skills to their daily tasks in and around the home. Mentoring with our REAP trainees takes place primarily at the trainee’s home with opportunities for nearby excursions. Mentors spend 2 hours a week with their assigned trainee in the late afternoon, evening, or on weekends.
Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds and skills but share a commitment to welcoming our newest community members. Mentors provide refugee students and families with the support they need to adapt to their new country through language and education. Volunteers receive support throughout their assignment from the The Refugee Response staff in regard to teaching resources and communication between families, schools, and tutors. Additional opportunities to meet other mentors and families, and to become more involved with The Refugee Response include workshops, field trips, and other cultural and educational programming.
Those interested should RSVP and attend Orientation to learn more about our work, the population we serve, and how to get involved. To get started and express your interest in volunteering as a mentor, complete our easy online application.