Refugee Youth Development and After School Program Intern

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Catholic Charities Atlanta


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 second grade students at Indian Creek Elementary in Clarkston, GA. The students recently arrived in the US, are predominantly from Burma, Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia, 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.

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, t he 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.


  1. Model appropriate behavior within an academic setting.
  2. Create two lesson plans per week during the semester. 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.
  3. Engage or reengage with partner organizations to facilitate two enrichment activities per month.
  4. Accompany staff in escorting children to designated area after that day’s program ends.
  5. 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.
  6. Provide student information, service plan achievement and outcome measures to the Coordinator of Refugee Support Services on a monthly basis.
  7. Collect and maintain accurate documentation for the After School Binder. This will include recording program attendance and student progress. Produce all necessary reports in a timely and professional manner.
  8. Assist with school orientations and parent-teacher conferences.
  9. Facilitate enrollment sessions with students’ parents.

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.


  • Currently enrolled bachelor’s level or master’s level student majoring in Education, Anthropology, History, Art, Biology, Psychology or related area
  • Experience serving children
  • 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 reliable transportation
  • 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.

LOCATIONS: Interns will report to the after school site and also perform duties at the CCA Northlake office location.

After School Program Site

Indian Creek Elementary

724 North Indian Creek Dr.

Clarkston, GA 30021

DeKalb County School District

Office Work/CCA Office

2305 Park Lake Drive, Suite 150

Atlanta, GA 30345

HOURS & AVAILABILITY: Ideally, intern will be available from August through May and work two days a week from about 10 AM until 5 PM (approximately 14 hours; negotiable).

Contact Victoria Gaines for more information:
ph one: 678-222-3953

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About Catholic Charities Atlanta


2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna, GA 30080, US

Mission Statement

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.


We'll work with your schedule.


2305 Parklake Dr NE #150Atlanta, GA 30345



  • Child Development
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Tutoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 14 hours per week
  • Must be a current college student.

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