Refugee youth possess limitless talents bounded by unique challenges.
Approximately 400 new refugee students enter the Dallas Independent School District each year, however, the high school graduation rate for these students is less than 35% making the drop-out rate for them the highest among immigrant populations enrolled in the district. Refugee Services of Texas’ newly developed Refugee Youth Program (RYP) aims not only to help boost these numbers, but to empower refugee youth in all aspects of life through guidance and mentorship. In addition to regular programming, by matching newly-arrived refugee youth (aged 10-17) with caring adults who help ease the transition through role-modeling and support we hope to enhance their cultural adjustment, self-sufficiency and integration into U.S. society.
The RST Youth Mentor will:
- Commit to a year-long relationship with your Mentee
- Meet at least 8 hours monthly with your Mentee, participating in any activity that you may choose together (homework, playing catch, cooking, library visit, etc)
- Make at least weekly contact via social media, phone, etc. if not in person
- Track time and activities with your Mentee to the Mentor Coordinator at least once a month
- Understand and commit to follow RST policies and procedures outlined in the RST Youth Mentor Handbook and agreements
- Inform your Mentor Coordinator of questions, concerns, or changes in Mentee behavior that may pose a risk to the Mentee, their family, or to others
What to expect:
Mentors are our most valued resource, serving as advocates, confidants, and friends to our youngest clients. The Mentor role, relationship, and experience can vary widely, based on your mutual interests and the needs and goals of your Mentee. English levels also vary but do of course improve over time, and even more quickly with the help of our Mentors.
RYP provides plenty of getting-to-know-you opportunities with an awesome schedule of fun monthly events and weekly after-school activities that you are welcome to attend. Transportation and a willingness to openly communicate with the Mentor Coordinator is key!
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an interview/meeting!
Please contact Brenda Ogershok at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 214-720-8916.
- Youth Services
- Cross-cultural Communication
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 1 year, 8 hours/month, weekly contact
- Submission of Mentor logs, must have own transportation