The Catholic Charities Atlanta (CCA) Refugee Youth Mentoring Program (RYMP) pairs volunteers with refugee children (age 9-17) in one-on-one mentoring relationships.
Mentors and mentees meet weekly for at least one year and spend time together building friendship, exploring interests, and working on homework.
We are seeking interns interested in serving as a mentor to two or more mentees. The time commitment is four to ten hours per week, primarily on weekday evenings and weekends.
Note on COVID-19:
In response to the pandemic, our program has transitioned from an in-person model to a hybrid model, with mentors and mentees meeting virtually when it is not safe to meet in-person.
During this time, mentors’ support has been invaluable in helping families adjust to remote learning and meet challenges related to the public health and financial crises.
Must be 21+ years old
Embrace working in a multicultural and multilingual environment
Embrace working with people with varying proficiency in English
Commit to meeting with each mentee for two hours per week for one year
Maintain access to reliable transportation (if serving in-person)
Meet agency driver and auto insurance requirements (if transporting clients)
Maintain a valid driver’s license
Agency background check
National fingerprint background check
RYMP Mentor Information Session (2 hours)
RYMP Mentor Training Session (3 hours)
VIRTUS Safe Environment (3 hours)**
** Required since this position involves direct contact with children
To provide friendship and support to at-risk refugee youths and to work toward mutually agreed-upon goals, including educational goals and social-emotional learning goals.
1. Meet weekly with each mentee
Refugee Youth Mentoring Program Interns (RYMPIs) will be matched with a number of mentees proportional to the number of hours of service per week. For example, a RYMPI serving ten hours per week might be matched with four mentees.
RYMPIs maintain regular weekly meetings one-on-one with each mentee (likely via a video calling app) to check in and work together on agreed-on educational goals and social-emotional goals. For example, RYMPIs and mentees might work on homework or hobbies.
2. Attend quarterly mentor-mentee group meet-ups
Program staff offer a group meet-up for all mentors and all mentees once per quarter (in-person or virtual depending on agency guidance). RYMPIs and mentees are expected to attend virtual meet-ups.
3.Attend quarterly mentor training and peer support meet-ups
Program staff offer a training and peer support meet-up for all mentors once per quarter (in-person or virtual depending on agency guidelines). RYMPIs are expected to attend virtual meet-ups.
4. Complete monthly check-ins and monthly volunteer service records
RYMPIs check in with program staff every other week for the first month and then monthly for the remainder of the year. RYMPIs submit volunteer service records monthly.
RYMPIs are accountable to program staff including the Refugee Youth Mentoring Program Specialist and Refugee Youth Mentoring Program Support Specialist.
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
Fri Nov 20, 2020 - Sun Feb 14, 2021
2305 Parklake DriveSuite 150Atlanta, GA30345
November 9, 2020
English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
The time commitment is four to ten hours per week, primarily on weekday evenings and weekends for one year.
Applicants must be 21. Please review the screening requirements and details in the description.