Mentor 18-year-old refugee from Guatemala
Bethany Christian Services
We are looking for a female, Spanish-speaking mentor for an 18-year-old Guatemalan refugee in our program. She has been in the United States for three years and has been living in the same foster home since August of 2019. She is an 11th grader at a local private school. Her case manager shared, "She is engaged in the family and gets along well with her foster mother and siblings. She is an excellent student. She works hard and is committed to graduating from high school and furthering her education. She is especially interested in becoming a chef or cosmetologist. This youth is quiet and reserved, but opens up once she is comfortable. She has leadership qualities and knows how to advocate for herself, but at times, she is easily swayed by the opinions of her friends. She is extremely loyal and tends to focus on one friendship at a time. It has been pointed out to her that expanding her friend group and getting to know more than one person is beneficial to a healthy life. She has specifically requested a Spanish speaking mentor and I think this is appropriate."
Background: This youth is originally from Guatemala and fled to the United States due to her parent’s inability to care for her and abuse.
About Bethany Christian Services
1050 36th St. SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, US
Bethany demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services.
For refugees fleeing danger, the search for safety can be extremely challenging. And too often, people become numbers in a system that can feel impossible to navigate. That’s why we guide, protect, advocate for, and support refugees. In the U.S., we offer resettlement and continued support services in strategic locations.
Bethany Christian Services' Refugee and Immigrant Services program encompasses adult and family resettlement as well as refugee foster care for Unaccompanied Children and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. Our services for unaccompanied refugee youth include case management, counseling, housing (foster homes, group homes, independent living), classes (New Arrival, Life Skills, driver's training), and volunteer mentoring and tutoring.