Bus Mentors - Assist newly-arrived refugees in our community!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


122 W Franklin Ave. Suite 100Minneapolis, MN 55404


When refugees arrive in Minnesota, learning how to navigate the Metro Transit system is one of the best ways for them to acquire self-sufficiency and independence. Without a strong understanding of how to ride the bus, refugees can have difficulty finding and keeping jobs, running basic errands, making it to medical appointments, getting to meetings with their case managers and employment counselors, or connecting with their community. MCC Refugee Services’ Intensive Cultural Orientation Workshop strives to help refugees overcome transportation barriers and attain self-sufficiency by teaching them how to navigate the Metro Transit system.

Bus Mentors assist their refugee partner(s) in learning how to navigate the Metro Transit system by helping them understand their bus routes and discussing basics of riding the bus including how to pay fares, how to use transfers, and proper etiquette when on the bus. Bus Mentors also practice riding the bus to their partner(s) home from MCC Refugee Service’s Intensive Cultural Orientation Workshop in order to reinforce his or her partner(s) understanding of the Metro Transit system and empower them to independently ride the bus.

MCC Refugee Services offers Intensive Cultural Orientation Workshop at two locations:

District 6 Planning Council MCC Refugee Services 171 Front Ave. 121 W Franklin Ave. St. Paul, MN 55117 Minneapolis, MN 55404


  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible, Approximately 2-6 hours a month.
  • • Flexibility, promptness, and dependability • Solid knowledge of/experience of the Metro Transit sy

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