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Virtual Tutoring for Refugees in Chicago

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FORA: Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America

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ABOUT: Founded in 2018 in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, FORA's mission is to ensure that refugee families in Chicago are provided access to an education sufficient to prepare them to become economically self-sufficient and robustly engaged in American civic life. Our approach is to provide over 2600 hours each month of one-on-one, individually customized high dosage tutoring to SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) refugee children in grades K-12. Although we serve refugees of all nationalities, our classes are currently overflowing with recently-arrived Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who are making the area their new home. Although many of these students speak multiple languages, they tend to lack basic literacy and numeracy skills and have minimal English. However, they have great dedication to education and capacity to learn. In addition, there are numerous refugees from various other countries who need to be served in the area, including, for example, refugees from Bhutan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Learn more at www.refugeefora.org

COMMITMENT: The available virtual tutoring time slots are 4:30-5:30pm, 5:30-6:30pm, 7-8pm, 8-9pm, and 9:30-10:30pm (all are in Central time zone). You can select which to apply for based on your availability. Volunteers must commit to tutoring every weekday Sept 7 - Dec 30 (except for November 25 and December 25) so that we can maintain consistency and provide high quality tutoring for our students.

REQUIREMENTS: live in and are a legal resident of the United States, speak English, are willing to undergo a background check, and are patient and kind. Virtual tutors must have an internet connection and a computer or iPad. **Please note that if you are a volunteer under age 18, both you AND your parent will need to submit an application with the below link, as your parent will also need to undergo a background check.​

AGE REQUIREMENTS: For the 4:30-9:30pm time slots, tutors must be 18 or older. For the 9:30-10:30pm time slot, tutors must be 16 or older.

Also note that all volunteers who reach the number of volunteer hours required for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award will be nominated for this prestigious award, as FORA is a certifying organization!

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About FORA: Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America

Location:

6431 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659, US

Mission Statement

Our vision is a world where migrants in need are welcomed and empowered. Our mission is to ensure that refugee families are provided access to an education sufficient to prepare them to become economically self-sufficient and robustly engaged in American civic life. Our strategy is to be located in the neighborhoods that we serve to make daily educational services easily available to newly-arrived refugees.

Description

Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America (FORA) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers refugees by providing them with the educational resources needed to make a successful transition to the United States.

Due to the pandemic, we have shifted to providing online tutoring to 50 recently-arrived K-12 refugee students with a 1-to-1 student-tutor ratio. We provided intensive after-school tutoring for 30 recently-arrived K-12 refugee students with a 2-to-1 student-tutor ratio for two hours a day before the pandemic. We have been able to take on more kids and expand our services with the help of volunteers. Our curriculum is designed and implemented by a Ph.D. in child development.

All services are free. We currently have a long waiting list of students needing our services. Our ability to take on more students depends on volunteers!

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development
  • Cross-cultural Communication

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers must commit to tutoring every weekday Sept 7 - Dec 30 (except for November 25 and December 25) so that we can maintain consistency and provide high quality tutoring for our students.

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