Mentor 18-year-old refugee from Guatemala
Bethany Christian Services
We are looking for a male, Spanish-speaking volunteer to mentor an 18-year-old youth in Bethany's refugee foster care program. This youth has been in Bethany's program since May of 2018. He lived in one of Bethany's residential group homes initially, progressed to an independent living plus group home, and is now living independently on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. He attends a charter school with a cohort of refugee youth and is taking ESL classes.
In his mentoring survey, the youth shared that he is more talkative than quiet, he prefers going out to staying home because he likes to stay busy. He said that activities he enjoys include spending time with friends, playing videogames, and playing hockey. He does not enjoy soccer. He also shared that he enjoys cooking and making food, and he has thought about a career as a cook or chef.
For mentoring purposes, he has requested a mentor that speaks Spanish, but otherwise he has no preferences. In the context of a mentor match he is interested in exploring the city, learning new skills, outdoor activities, sports (sometimes), videogames, watching movies, cooking/baking, arts and crafts, concerts/plays, and learning about educational or career opportunities.
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.