PURPOSE AND IMPACT The Catholic Charities Atlanta office of Refugee Resettlement provides numerous support services for newly-arrived refugees. Our Refugee School Impact program is a crucial segment of these services and volunteers play a vital role in sustaining this work with refugee children and youth. Specifically, CCA's Refugee Youth After School Program (ASP) provides academic and social support to 30 mostly second grade students at Indian Creek Elementary in Clarkston, GA. The students recently arrived in the US, are predominantly from Burma, Afghanistan, Congo, Eritrea, and Nepal, and have been identified by the school as needing additional educational support. The program runs from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM every Monday through Thursday during the school year. The program will be done virtually until further notice. All staff, volunteers, and interns will be working remotely during this time. TRAINING: Specific training for this opportunity is provided by CCA staff prior to the start of the volunteer's service and consists of a standard application process, which includes a background and reference check, an agency volunteer orientation and one additional 3 hour training to promote a safe environment for our kids.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Establishing positive and appropriate relationships with the refugee children, volunteers and staff in the After School Program. Includes curriculum building and lesson plan facilitation. Additionally, the general responsibilities of this position include the responsibilities shared by all staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA). These obligations include understanding and performing in accordance with the values of CCA; endeavoring to provide quality services to clients of CCA; striving to find new, efficient, effective and economical ways to perform tasks; performing job duties in a thorough, accurate and timely manner; cooperating with others in the team; meeting attendance and punctuality standards; conducting business in a professional, courteous and tactful manner; demonstrating respect for the privacy of clients and employees; taking precautions to prevent accidents; and embracing diversity and respect for the cultural differences among clients and other staff.
Model appropriate behavior within an academic setting.
Create two lesson plans per month during the semester that can be carried out in a virtual learning environment. This will include reading, writing, art, music, games, and academic enrichment (English language development and math skills, among others). Attention should be focused on the students and their specific needs.
Must be available at least one day per week in the afternoon hours to provide tutoring to small groups on the virtual learning platform
Assist tutors with issues related to the virtual learning platform
Engage or reengage with partner organizations to facilitate two enrichment activities per month.
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with refugee children, team of volunteers and staff. Provide assistance to volunteers and team members when needed and appropriate.
Collect and maintain accurate documentation for the after school program. This will include recording program attendance and student progress. Produce all necessary reports in a timely and professional manner.
Receive training to work with CCA’s case management database. Assist with keeping student files up to date and adding student case notes to the database on a monthly basis.
Assist with school orientations and parent-teacher conferences.
ACCOUNTABILITY: The Refugee Youth Development and After School Program Intern reports to the Coordinator of Refugee Support Services. Task supervision may be provided by the Refugee Support Specialist. Intern is evaluated on performance after the first two weeks of service and again monthly during the tenure. QUALIFICATIONS:
Currently enrolled bachelor’s level or master’s level student majoring in Education, Anthropology, History, Art, Biology, Psychology or related area
Experience serving children
Experience with virtual conference platforms (i.e. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.)
Strong computer/technology skills
Interest in working with diverse populations
Sensitivity to vulnerable populations
Excellent spoken English Language skills
Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Openness to feedback provided by peers and supervisor(s)
Must be flexible
Have self-motivation and high initiative
Ability to work both independently and as a team player
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
Ability to pay close attention to detail, with strong organizational skills
Willingness to lead class activities
Have resources and ability to conduct work remotely
Background check is required
Intern must be oriented and complete an additional three-hour Safe Environment (VIRTUS) training on recognizing and reporting child abuse before beginning service with children.
After School Program Site
Position will be conducted remotely until further notice.
Indian Creek Elementary
724 North Indian Creek Dr.
Clarkston, GA 30021
DeKalb County School District
Office Work/CCA Office
Position will be conducted remotely until further notice.
2305 Park Lake Drive, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345
HOURS & AVAILABILITY: Ideally, interns will be available from September through May and work approximately 14 hours a week between two to four days a week. Specific working hours are negotiable.
To provide help and create hope for those in need through professional services that help eliminate barriers to self sufficiency, stabilize families, and transform lives.
Catholic Charities Atlanta is an advocate and friend for individuals and families facing adversity. We provide a holistic combination of accredited social services life skills education, counseling, family stabilization, and immigration legal services that remove barriers to self-sufficiency and wholeness.
Our services are tailored for the unique circumstances of the people we serve, and our impact is real and measurable. We are faith-based and serve our neighbors professionally, compassionately, in multiple languages and regardless of background.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
September 24, 2020
Teaching / Instruction
English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Approximately 14 hours per week
Must be a current college student, or have recently graduated.