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The Refugee Education Center

Graduate and Grow Volunteers are responsible for providing consistent and safe transportation for our students bringing them to and from the designated location. Being committed at the center two days a month for two-hoursessions. The volunteer will be a mentor to students, along with aiding the students with college/career preparations and application, essay writing workshops, and attending educational off-site field trips, such as visiting local college campuses. The tentative schedule for the Graduate and Grow Program runs October 2021 thru May 2022. Volunteers are asked to be committed to at least two days a month for the duration of the program with potential for additional on call days as available. We are asking for the same volunteers for the entirety of the program, as we plan for safety and caution for our staff, volunteers, and students with the aim to reduce the risk of COVID and spread of the virus.

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About The Refugee Education Center


2130 Enterprise St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49503, US

Mission Statement

We support refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community. We envision a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future!


The Refugee Education Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Grand Rapids, MI. The organization was founded in 2006 by a passionate group of Somali Bantu refugees who, as an ethnic group in their native country, were persecuted and prohibited to receive formal education. Upon arrival to the United States, community leaders recognized the incredible new opportunity to receive education and participate in the community as equals. They organized and created the The Somali Bantu Community of West Michigan to support their children as they began their new education in a foreign land. The organization grew to support all refugees in 2008 as the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center - and changed once again to the Refugee Education Center in 2016. While our name has changed, our vision has not. It has been, and is, central to the organization to share the knowledge learned from a first-person perspective of navigating the education system and refugee services and ultimately supporting the estimated 25,000 refugees in West Michigan to become fully participating members of the community (via these program services.)

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


2130 Enterprise St. SE.Kentwood, MI 49508



  • General Education
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Special Needs




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Being committed at the center two days a month for two-hour sessions.
  • Commitment for the full duration of the program. Everyday the program is in session.

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