Refugee Student Mentor

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THE REFUGEE RESPONSE

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The Refugee Response empowers refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities. The Refugee Response was formed to help refugees adjust to life in Northeast Ohio. We work to empower our area's growing newcomer population, particularly those here between six months and five years by providing opportunities to acquire the skills they need to succeed in their new communities.

Home Mentoring Program

We are seeking motivated, compassionate volunteers to take part in our Home Mentoring Program. As a mentor, you can offer a resettled refugee student in the Cleveland area much needed academic support, greater confidence in English language skills, and new windows into American culture and the community.

Volunteer mentors are matched with a refugee student in grades K-8 and spend two hours per week over the course of the year to provide one-on-one tutoring, ESL coaching, and mentorship. Mentors play a critical role in the lives of these newcomer students, empowering them to successfully navigate social and academic challenges in their new community, and find a sense of belonging.

Mentoring takes place at the student's home, with opportunities to plan outings for cultural and community exploration. Mentors are also invited to participate in creative and social programming during the year for students and their families in collaboration with staff and other volunteer mentors.

Specific Duties

  • Assist students with their homework and school projects in various subjects
  • Assist students in their basic understanding and comprehension of the English language, as it may be a formidable barrier to learning
  • Help students gain confidence, personally and socially, by building a positive relationship with the students and their families
  • Create an environment to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and promote social awareness such as volunteerism and community engagement
  • Participate in mentor training/orientations, assist with field trips, track volunteer hours and maintain contact with the Education staff
  • Provide monthly feedback regarding students strengths, weaknesses, and progress

Qualifications

  • Must be able to commit to 1 year of mentoring
  • Ability to meet with students for a minimum of 2 hours a week
  • An additional 1-2 hours per month on reporting, communication with Education staff, and field trips with students
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Must have reliable transportation

Our mentors come from all different backgrounds, each with their own unique skillset. The common thread is their commitment to making our newest community members feel welcome. Mentors have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of refugee families through the simple gift of their time. By being a consistent and positive presence in the lives of your mentee you help them build confidence and truly become a part of the community that they now call home.

Mentors will have the opportunity to discover the cultural practice and rich customs of families from countries as far as Burma, the Congo, Somalia, and others. Mentors also find that their social and cultural circles expand through participation in community potlucks, mentor socials, workshops, and other cultural and educational programming throughout the year.

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About THE REFUGEE RESPONSE

Location:

4115 BRIDGE AVE, CLEVELAND, OH 44113, US

Mission Statement

The Refugee Response empowers refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities. The Refugee Response was formed to help refugees adjust to life in Northeast Ohio. We work to empower our area's growing newcomer population, particularly those here by providing opportunities to acquire the skills they need to succeed in their new communities.

Description

The Refugee Response Home Mentoring Program provides one-on-one mentorship to over fifty refugee students in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently arrived refugee families are enrolled each year and all eligible school aged children within the family are placed with a mentor to provide meaningful academic and acculturation support two hours a week over the course of two academic years. Our mentors come from a range of backgrounds and receive training and personalized resource support from Refugee Response staff, as well as benefit from a support network of other mentors working within the family. Mentors work closely with students to students strengthen literacy and math skills, provide opportunities to explore community and culture, while developing a meaningful connection with a trustworthy and caring adult. Mentors help bridge the divides of culture, communication, access, and understanding for our refugee students, their parents, schools, and the broader community.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Primarily West SideCleveland, OH 44113

(41.48571,-81.69663)
 

SKILLS

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors commit to spending 2 hours per week with their mentees and are required to commit for a full year. Mentors will be matched in May of 2020 and will continue through May 2021.
  • Must have reliable transportation to their mentoring sessions.

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