Are you interested in working with people from diverse cultures? Do you want to help refugee children who live in the Baltimore area? Become a youth mentor with the Refugee Youth Project!
Youth mentors are individuals who are matched with newly-arrived refugee children to provide them with additional social, emotional, or academic support outside of RYP's after-school programming. RYP students come from 17 different countries, including Burma, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, and Bhutan.
Volunteers meet with youth once per week for 9 months to assist with homework and school projects. In some cases, volunteers help build student's proficiency and understanding of English. Mentors serve as positive role models for youth by encouraging them to succeed in school and set meaningful goals.
Our youth mainly live in Northeast Baltimore (Moravia/Frankford neighborhood), Catonsville, and increasingly in Dundalk and Middle River.
2 contact hours per week, for a minimum of 9 months (not including lesson planning or travel time). Mentors set up common meeting times with mentees and may meet at the family's home or at a library.
Reliable and flexible
Must follow RYP rules and procedures
Willing to learn about cross-cultural communication and ethnic backgrounds of clients.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language preferred but not required.
Prospective volunteers are required to fill out an application, interview, attend an orientation and pass a background check prior to starting.
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 2 hours per week