Read with a Refugee Child! Help them learn English - Grades k-12, college

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Happy Smiles at SEA Literacy
Because learning is fun here!

We are excited to announce a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on students' lives and provide them with essential support in their academic journey.

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to assist students with English as a Second Language (ESL) and homework help from kindergarten through college levels. Your commitment and expertise can make a significant difference in helping students achieve their educational goals.

This is an organization that helps refugee students in Milwaukee to be more fluent in English and provide resources to succeed. We directly serve students ranging from kindergarten through college.

Why Volunteer with Us?

  • Impact: Your support can empower students to improve their language skills and succeed academically.
  • Community Building: Join a community of like-minded individuals passionate about education and giving back.
  • Flexible Commitment: We understand your busy schedule, and we offer flexible volunteer hours (two sessions weekly), to suit your availability.
  • Personal Growth: Enhance your teaching, mentoring, and communication skills while making a positive impact.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Provide ESL tutoring to students at various levels.
  • Assist with homework assignments and projects.
  • Foster a positive and encouraging learning environment.
  • Adapt to the unique needs of each student.
  • Share your knowledge and passion for learning.


  • Proficiency in English.
  • Patience, empathy, and a passion for helping others

We have sessions on Tuesdays from 6-8pm and Saturdays from 10am-noon

We encourage volunteers of all ages to help! Our students range from kindergarten through college. You don't need to have any special training to help these wonderful students, they are learning and practicing English and appreciate the help!

This is an optional program for our students, meaning they attend because they sincerely want to improve. They want to succeed in the classroom, make new friends, and understand our culture.

Our students show real improvement over short periods of time. Sign up and volunteer to give more students the opportunity to do better in school and in making friends.

Our Program meets:

Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am - noon

You can choose which day you would like to volunteer or choose to volunteer on both days if you would like.

Apply at:
For more information, please visit or contact

Facebook- SEA Literacy, Instagram - @sealMKE

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About SEA Literacy



Mission Statement

SEA Literacy uplifts the lives of refugee students in the Milwaukee area by empowering them to become engaged members of this diverse, dynamic community. Our goal is to foster social and educational development, thus creating community leaders and inspiring future generations. We are also committed to providing the Milwaukee community the opportunity to reach out to their new neighbors and strengthen harmony in our city!


SEA Literacy (SEAL) provides year-round ESL lessons, homework tutoring, and recreational activities to refugee youth grades kindergarten through college. We meet on Tuesday evenings 6-8 pm and Saturdays mornings 10 am- 12 and we also go on field trips and have special events throughout the year. Children in this program attend by choice; they want to learn because they want to learn English, do better in the classroom and meet other kids. This is an advantage of volunteering here; you can see immediate improvement! SEAL focuses on helping refugee students, who have been in the US anywhere from a month to a few years, to help them be more fluent in English and more connected with peers and society. As a volunteer you will be helping the students read, learn and speak English, play games, work on STEM or art projects and/or assist them in doing their homework. If you have a skill you can teach (kids LOVE chess but need teachers, some taught knitting, etc.) we would love to work with you!


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


The Neighborhood House of Milwaukee2819 West Richardson PlaceMilwaukee, WI 53208



  • Tutoring
  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Once a week would be wonderful, but we understand you have other commitments. Once you have gone through orientation, you can volunteer at your convenience.
  • We do require vaccinations. If you are unvaccinated and would like to help, please let us know and we can provide alternative opportunities. We will give you an orientation on the first day of tutoring

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