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.
K-12 Student Mentoring Program
We are seeking motivated, compassionate volunteers to take part in our K-12 Student Mentoring Program, providing academic support for refugee children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Volunteers are matched 1-on-1 with a refugee student and spend 2 hours per week after school at the student's home. Our tutors provide the necessary support that will allow these children to succeed academically, and build the English language skills they need to reach grade level standards and beyond. Tutors also serve in a mentoring capacity, helping to build student's self esteem, and play a support role for the entire family to make them feel welcome in their new community.
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 tutors come from a range of backgrounds and skills but share a commitment to welcoming our newest community members. Tutors 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 tutors 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 tutor, complete our easy online application.