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BRIDGES Summer Classroom Support

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ORGANIZATION: The Refugee Education Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 85 people are interested
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Be a Tutor!

BRIDGE Summer Volunteers are responsible for welcoming students in the mornings, assisting with beginner literacy lessons, being involved with activities, games, snack times, and supporting any needs that arise for program efficiency. Volunteers are also welcomed to come along on field trips, as well as serve as drivers for those newly arriving refugee families. Trainings and Evaluation Meetings are required aspects of being a summer volunteer. Training will take place the week of June 12th (details TBA). The Summer Literacy Program runs from Monday to Thursday, 8:30am-1: 00pm.Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of two days a week for the 7-week duration.


  • High School or equivalent degree.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work with children of all ages (K-12).
  • Self-motivation to identify and aid students in their educational needs.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Commit to volunteering consistently on a weekly basis.
  • Assist 4 to 10 students in a group.
  • Providing reading, writing, and speaking direction to students.
  • Engaging students in learning activities such as games, puzzles, projects, creative assignments, worksheets, or any other appropriate activities.
  • Work with staff to identify, advocate for, and work on student’s educational needs.
  • Report progress and/or issues of concern to team leader and program coordinator.
  • Demonstrate teamwork and integrity with staff, fellow volunteers, students, and their families.
  • Build relationships with students on a weekly basis.
  • Ensure a safe and clean learning environment through assisting with after-program clean up.
  • Attend required trainings.

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About The Refugee Education Center



Mission Statement

We support refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community. We envision a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future!


The Refugee Education Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Grand Rapids, MI. The organization was founded in 2006 by a passionate group of Somali Bantu refugees who, as an ethnic group in their native country, were persecuted and prohibited to receive formal education. Upon arrival to the United States, community leaders recognized the incredible new opportunity to receive education and participate in the community as equals. They organized and created the The Somali Bantu Community of West Michigan to support their children as they began their new education in a foreign land. The organization grew to support all refugees in 2008 as the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center - and changed once again to the Refugee Education Center in 2016. While our name has changed, our vision has not. It has been, and is, central to the organization to share the knowledge learned from a first-person perspective of navigating the education system and refugee services and ultimately supporting the estimated 25,000 refugees in West Michigan to become fully participating members of the community (via these program services.)


Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Community, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


Mon Jul 10, 2023 - Fri Aug 11, 2023
08:30 AM - 01:00 PM


2130 Enterprise Street SouthEastKentwoodKentwood, MI 49508



  • Tutoring
  • Transportation
  • Youth Services
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Community Outreach
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies, reach out for more information.

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