Mentor 17-year-old from Honduras
Bethany Christian Services
We are looking for a female, Spanish-speaking volunteer to mentor a 17-year-old refugee youth from Honduras who is part of our refugee foster care program. This youth arrived in the U.S. in July of 2020 and has lived in one of our group homes since September. She has requested a mentor from the community. Her case manager shared, "She is a very loving and social young lady. She will spend hours talking to you and getting to know you. She is open about her life, thoughts and feelings, but it is very hard for her to talk about her past trauma. This youth loves to play games, go on bike rides and spend time with people. She is a 10th grader at East Kentwood High School. She has intermediate English but would prefer a Spanish-speaking mentor."
In her mentoring survey, the youth shared that she hopes her mentor will be a talkative person who wants to go out and do activities with her. She shared that she would be interested in exploring the city, learning new skills, outdoor activities, video games, sports, watching movies, going to concerts or theatre, and learning more about careers/college. For careers, she is currently interested in joining the army, studying microbiology, or working at NASA.
This youth experienced physical abuse in her home throughout childhood and fled Honduras because of ongoing gang threats towards her and her siblings.
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.