RYP is seeking volunteers to help out our limited English proficient students during the school day to improve their understanding of class content. You might work with specific individuals, pull out small groups for review, or facilitate classroom learning.
Math and science teachers generally need the most help in explaining and reviewing concepts with students, who will be from a range of backgrounds (both refugee and immigrant). Spanish language knowledge can be helpful here (as can Tigrinya, Arabic, Swahili, or Kinyarwanda) but are not necessary. Your presence, knowledge, and time can greatly impact our students' performance and confidence.
Hours are flexible during the school day. Students and teachers can use help Mondays through Fridays between 8:45 am and 3:35 pm based on the school's bell schedule. Tutors will stay for 2-3 periods. You can come as many times per week as you'd like!
Why it Matters: The BCCC Refugee Youth Project has had a long-standing partnership with Patterson High School, a large public school located in the Hopkins-Bayview neighborhood of East Baltimore. As of 2016, over 1/3 of their 1100+ students have limited English proficiency (LEP) and receive ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) support services, which is a significant increase from 2011 when less than 1 in 5 students were in this category. While PHS has an Emergent and Newcomers Program and support for ESOL students throughout their integrated classes, these students can benefit greatly from individualized attention both during and after school.
Apply through our website as an "In-School Tutor": http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/volunteer-form
- Literacy / Reading
- Math / Science Instruction
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
- Cross-cultural Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- 2-3 hours per week