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Tutor Milwaukee Refugee Children (K4-5)

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc

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Provide this support to students from refugee families and help them to improve their skills and reach their educational goals. Volunteering with children can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences.

Tutors are needed for all grade levels (K4 through 5 th grade).

What you'll be doing:

Sessions are learner-focused. We will provide resources, but you will be responsible for developing lessons that maximize student strengths and encourage them to find a love of learning!

During your session, you will get to know the student and work on a variety of topics including:

  • Math
  • Reading and reading comprehension
  • Writing
  • Understanding and completing class assignments
  • Discussing topics like kids’ magazines, school and homework, and playing spelling and word games
  • Word Recognition
  • Developing Studying Skills and Habits

Our volunteers are instrumental in encouraging and supporting the students by helping them develop confidence and a positive attitude about education. You will make a difference by providing the tools for success!

Please also note: Due to the time it takes to complete training and to find a learner who is a good match, this is not a quick-start opportunity, and we generally ask for a 6-month minimum commitment. For our roles, we do feel that living in Milwaukee/ Wisconsin/ the United States is crucial the conversations that we have with our learners. Many are just starting to feel at ease in their new environment and beginning to have questions about life here. With that being said, we would be unable to place volunteers from other countries.

Skills/ Experience

  • Likes to connect with others
  • Is engaging, fun, energetic, and able to create meaningful connections virtually
  • Is compassionate and culturally sensitive
  • Feels comfortable working with individuals with varying levels of English
  • Can work independently; however, also are willing to ask questions, as needed.
  • Think on their feet and creatively problem solve as the needs of the learner changes
  • Must be comfortable communicating in English- English speakers of all levels are welcomed and encouraged to apply
  • No previous experience is necessary; training is provided. Teaching, tutoring, cross-cultural experiences or additional language skills are a plus
  • Must be 18 years old to volunteer

Technology

  • Have access to a computer/tablet/phone with a webcam feature and reliable internet
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime

Time Commitment

  • 1-2 hours per week; most learners are looking for 30 minutes to 1-hour sessions, once or twice a week
  • We work with your schedule- Volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday after 2:15 and on the weekends.
  • A volunteer may work with more than one learner individually, if the volunteer wishes

Training

Volunteers will receive training before being matched and will have ongoing educational opportunities to enhance their teaching techniques and learning activities.

Volunteers receive regular staff support through periodic check ins, monthly newsletters and Volunteer Meet Ups (virtual educational and collaboration time). They also have access to a vast library of instructional material.

Questions?

Please contact:

Jessica Brandt, jbrandt@ccmke.org

The Impact

While refugee and immigrant parents are passionate about their children’s education, many believe they cannot effectively help with their children with homework because they grew up in a different educational system and/or struggle with English themselves. It is helpful for refugee and immigrant youth to have additional adults in their life to talk, especially those with first-hand knowledge of navigating the U.S. school system or come from an immigrant background themselves. Volunteers will act as positive and supportive presence in the lives of refugee and immigrant families.

All of our programs are free to our clients, and we couldn’t provide the level of service we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We believe the connections our volunteers make with their clients are mutually beneficial and make our communities stronger and more vibrant.

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About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc

Location:

2021 N 60th St, Milwaukee, WI 53208, US

Mission Statement

Catholic Charities serves people of all faiths throughout the ten counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Our Mission Statement: Inspired by Christ's call to serve, our mission is to provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same. Our Vision Statement: Our vision is to improve the lives of those we serve, to empower the most vulnerable, and to help reduce poverty through quality, compassionate, and effective human services.

Description

Catholic Charities mission to "provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same" has been the core of our work since 1920. We measurably improve the lives of the poor in our communities and empower them to reach their full potential. When we accomplish this, lives are transformed and the benefits to the community can be exponential starting by improving the quality of life one person at a time.

With an outpouring of support from the community, we are able to help the poorest among us. We help people of all faiths, ages and cultures improve their ability to be self-sufficient, raise a family in more stable and healthy home, escape violence, cope with emotional and behavioral challenges, and overcome barriers to a better life.

Our Programs and Services:

  • Behavioral Health/Counseling
  • Outreach & Case Management
  • Adoption Services
  • Pregnancy Support Services
  • Supported Parenting Services
  • Adult Day Services
  • In-Home Support Services
  • Legal Services for Immigrants
  • Refugee Resettlement Services
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Milwaukee, WI 53208

(43.04998,-87.96288)
 

SKILLS

  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One day per week, virtually or in person, for 45 minutes to 1 hour

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