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ORGANIZATION: Communities of Rooted Brilliance

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 30 people are interested

CRB's Youth Education Program is seeking volunteer mentors/tutors to provide individualized tutoring to refugee youth attending Panther Lake Elementary School in an impactful after-school program! Mentors will be able to identify hindrances to their students’ overall prosperity, promote regular goal setting, and deliver pertinent, hands-on support in the classroom, at CRB offices, and the student's home.

Self-realization and improved self-esteem for the young person are important goals of the relationship. We're hoping to find mentors who are compassionate, caring, and have cultural humility. We provide extensive training to our tutors, so everyone is prepared and ready to have a rewarding experience!

work description

Type of Engagement: In-Person/On-site, working with minors under 18, specifically 6 to 11 years old.

Time Involvement: 2-8 hours per week (Monday to Thursday), with a minimum six-month commitment required. This position is based in Kent, WA.

Screening: Primary orientation will go over tutor roles/responsibilities, expectations, and code of conduct. We will ask for your state-issued identification (driver's license/passport), proof of vaccination, Volunteers in Public School (VIPS) completion, completion of Authorization, Agreements, Criminal History form. This data will be uploaded to our database to keep track of your timesheets.

You will then have a second orientation on Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA), which is the tool we use when reading with our younger students.

Essential Job Functions include:

  • Work with CRB’s Reading Program Coordinator to support refugee and English Language Learning youth.
  • Instruct and facilitate one on one work with your assigned student in the classroom or at the student's home.
  • Apply tutoring strategies that focus on increasing student’s comprehension, building academic skills, and creating results.
  • Provide feedback to Reading Program Coordinator on individual student progress and/or challenges on a consistent basis.
  • Complete daily tutoring logs/time sheets and submit them for approval in Apricot 360.
  • Give extra support to students, as needed.
  • Join a community of people with similar values, built on the foundation of helping others and giving back to the community.
  • Hands-on experience in community engagement activities
  • Support a community-based organization to improve the lives of refugee and immigrant families in the South King County Region
Skills Needed
  • Ability to commute to Kent, WA
  • COVID-19 Vaccination required
  • Prior experience tutoring youth is helpful, but not necessary.
  • Cultural humility, including experience working with individuals who have limited formal education and/or English literacy skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing situations; to be comfortable teaching at a student’s home.
  • Adept at facilitating educational activities with individuals or small groups.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Complete daily volunteer log/time sheets and submit them for approval to the Youth Program Coordinator in a timely manner
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to maintain a consistent tutoring schedule.
  • Abide by all of CRB’s established protocols, codes of conduct, and procedures
APPLY HERE: www.cutt.ly/crb-volunteer-app

2 Shifts

  • afternoon / 03:00 PM to 04:45 PM
    This is for our program at the elementary school
  • evening / 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
    This is for our program at Birch Creek Housing Complex
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About Communities of Rooted Brilliance


1265 S. Main Street, Suite 309, Seattle, WA 98144, US

Mission Statement

Communities of Rooted Brilliance (CRB) partners with newcomer communities and helps them thrive through educational opportunities and social support services, while also honoring their traditional customs..


We began in 2009, then known as the Coalition for Refugees from Burma. Our work at that time centered around helping refugees from Burma survive the trauma of resettlement from a jungle war zone or detention camp to an extremely dissimilar urban culture.

Over time, we found that our work was deeply needed within many newcomer communities, so our mission adapted and we changed our name to Communities of Rooted Brilliance to better reflect our partnerships.

CRB helps newcomer communities heal, grow, and thrive through our early learning, youth engagement, and family support programs. Our work is centered around three foundational concepts.

  1. The families we serve are partners in our work, and we continually seek out their knowledge and wisdom on the services we offer.
  2. Our programs are always education-based because we believe that education is the way to a healthier and happier future.
  3. We honor and recognize that dedicated leadership exists within each community, and we partner with these leaders to serve their communities in culturally responsive ways.

Since 2009, we have proudly partnered with about 500 South King County residents annually. Today, we continue to provide programming to engage the whole family, from pre-kindergarten to adulthood.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


Multiple locations Kent, WA 98030



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing
  • Relationship Building


  • Teens
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-8 hours per week, with a minimum 3-month commitment required.

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