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Refugee Youth Mentor

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ORGANIZATION: Ethiopian Community Development Council

  • 44 people are interested

Refugee Youth Mentoring Program


Youth Mentors are paired with ECDC-ACC’s youth clients living in suburban Maryland. Mentors assist newly arrived refugees, asylees and SIVs ages 15-24 years old with integration and adjustment to their new community. Mentors may assist mentees with educational and career goal-setting and achievement, including English language practice, identifying career pathways, understanding post-secondary educational opportunities, basic financial literacy and general social adjustment.

All mentoring activities are currently being done REMOTELY until further notice; applicants outside the DC metro area are encouraged to apply. Refugee and youth-specific mentor training is provided.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Meet with mentee at least 5 hours per month (according to schedules of mentor & mentee).
  • Participate in regular calls or meeting with the Refugee Youth Program Coordinator.
  • Communicate with mentee weekly by telephone, video platform or email to keep in touch about what is going on in their lives.
  • Commit to meeting with youth once a month for 12 months.
  • Learn about the mentee’s culture, values and experience; cultivate awareness of cultural competence and humility.
  • Help youth explore new cultural environment while maintaining and celebrating the youth’s own cultural heritage.
  • Support youth in improving English language ability and other skills as they choose.
  • Assist youth with career development including skill building, resume drafting and applications.
  • Serve as a positive role model, establish appropriate boundaries, be encouraging and supportive of the mentee.
  • Support the mentee in career exploration, career planning, guidance and job training services, as well as development of social emotional skills.
  • Participate in quarterly mentor trainings and workshops with other mentee/mentor pairs
  • Communicate in a professional, timely, patient and kind manner with the youth, their family and Program Coordinator.
  • Communicate consistently with the Program Coordinator and mentee regarding scheduling and mentoring progress.


Must be 18 or older or 16 with parental consent.

Sensitivity to persons of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.

Ability to speak multiple languages a plus but not required.

Demonstrate patience, understanding, and flexibility.

Attend ACC DC Metro Volunteer Orientation and Refugee Youth Program Orientation.

Record and report volunteer hours served, as detailed in the orientation.

Pass a criminal background check and driving check.

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About Ethiopian Community Development Council


8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

ECDC's mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. To pursue this mission, ECDC: provides programs and services that assist newcomers to the country become productive members of their new American communities fosters greater understanding among newcomers and the wider community conducts outreach and education activities to increase public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues promotes African community-based organizations increase their capacity to serve their local communities promotes civic participation by newcomers in the decision-making process at the local, state, and national levels provides cross-cultural training to service providers' on the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients they work with assists in educational development and cultural preservation projects in Ethiopia


ECDC is non-profit organization that works toward the resettlement of refugees within the United States. We conduct case work, as well as educational and social outreach programs for newly arrived refugee families. These programs are aimed to help the families recover from past traumatic experiences, get adjusted to American life, and become economically self-sufficient contributing members of their new communities. The refugees we work with refugees come from all across the globe.

Some of the services that we provide refugee families include:

  • Housing and rent for 3 months (families will hopefully be self-sufficient by this time)
  • Basic home furnishings
  • Enrollment in ESL classes
  • Setting up medical and social security appointments
  • School enrollment for the children
  • Helping refugee families connect with their new communities on a social and logistical level


Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 5 hours/month for 1 year

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