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Learning Lab Volunteer for Refugee-Background Youth

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  • 41 people are interested

Founded in 2010, The Refugee Response empowers resettled families to grow roots in the Cleveland area, supporting them in becoming engaged, self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities .

The Youth Mentoring Program has been a hallmark of the organization since our founding, supporting children and youth in grades 4-8 on the West Side of Cleveland through personalized mentoring that includes: academic support, social emotional learning, arts and recreation.

Note: Peak volunteer recruitment is in June, July and August. However, it isn’t uncommon for volunteer spaces to become available throughout the year. Volunteers are encouraged to apply at any time of the year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


  • 2 hours once a week. Options available: Mondays (5-7pm), Tuesdays (5-7pm), Wednesdays (3-5pm) or Thursdays (3-5pm).
  • Commit to building long-term relationships with students and supporting them throughout the full academic year .
  • Provide academic, social and emotional support to refugee-background youth;
  • Refer students to The Refugee Response staff if and when students are facing challenges that require more intensive, in-person assistance.
  • 1-2 hours per month on communication with TRR staff and participating in training and other community-building events for TRR volunteers.


  • Ability to work as part of a group alongside students, other mentors and The Refugee Response staff,
  • Ability to pass a background check and undergo the training required of all volunteers.
  • Experience with volunteering and awareness of intercultural communication, migration experiences, and child education are preferred.
  • Special skills in arts education, trauma-informed care, English as a Second Language, health and wellness, or other relevant topics in youth education, encouraged.
  • Knowledge of other languages than English is a plus (particularly the home languages prevalent amongst our youth, including Arabic, Swahili, Pashto, Masalit, Karen, Kinyabwisha, etc.)

At The Refugee Response, we encourage committed, engaged, and intentional mentoring relationships that go beyond tutoring or teaching by creating ties of solidarity in our shared community. A helpful way to think about mentoring is as a relationship based on mutual accompaniment, in which you and your mentee are learning from one another. Mentors engage in active listening and recognize and respect mentees' own forms of knowledge and experience, while they support mentees to accomplish their own academic and personal goals.

Our mentors come from all different backgrounds, each with their own unique skill set. The common thread is their commitment to making our newest community members feel welcome. Mentors have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of resettled families through the simple gift of their time. By being a consistent and positive presence in the lives of your mentee you can help them build confidence and truly become a part of the community that they now call home.

How to Apply

Those interested should submit an online application https://trrvolunteerapp.paperform.co/ and schedule an interview with The Refugee Response to learn more about the mentoring role and the work of our organization.

Visit our website to hear what it's like to mentor from members of our current mentor team, and review program requirements. If you have more questions, contact Kate Nickley, Youth Mentoring Program Manager, Kate@RefugeeResponse.org.

More opportunities with THE REFUGEE RESPONSE

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2054 W. 47 St, CLEVELAND, OH 44102, US

Mission Statement

The Refugee Response empowers refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of their new communities. The Refugee Response was formed to help refugees adjust to life in Northeast Ohio. We work to empower our area's growing newcomer population, particularly those here by providing opportunities to acquire the skills they need to succeed in their new communities.


The Refugee Response (TRR) is a Cleveland-based 501(c)(3) founded in 2010 which operates 9 unique programs for individuals and families resettled through the national refugee resettlement program. In 2022 TRR will provide services to over 700 individuals from over 12 different nationalities or ethnic identities speaking upwards of 20 languages and dialects. While TRR works with children and adults, in the past two years TRR has seen the highest demand as well as the biggest growth in services directed towards teens and young adults.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


West SideCleveland, OH 44102



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing
  • Cross-cultural Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One day per week for 2 hours.

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