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Mentor 18-year-old refugee from Guatemala (Grand Rapids, NE)

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Bethany Christian Services

We are looking for a female volunteer to mentor an 18-year-old refugee boy from Guatemala. He has been living at one of Bethany's group homes since the end of December 2020, and he is a 10th grader at local public school (taking virtual classes). Per staff at his home, "He is a very intelligent individual with nearly perfect English. He loves art and anime and is very talented artistically. He is very smart and gets along well with most adults. He also gets along well with peers his age, but tends to keep more to himself. He is wary of men due to past trauma and his real hope is just to have a loving family. He struggles with depression and thoughts of self-harm; however, when he is consistently taking his medication, those thoughts are much easier to manage for him. He is very honest and doesn’t sugarcoat the truth. He appreciates people who do the same for him. He is funny and genuinely enjoyable to be around. He does struggle with substance abuse as a coping mechanism, but it has been declining recently. He loves going out to eat and also loves cold weather. He does much better in one-to-one settings versus large groups."

Background: This youth has a long history of abuse and neglect at the hands of his caregivers in his home country.

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About Bethany Christian Services

Location:

1050 36th St. SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, US

Mission Statement

Bethany demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services.

Description

For refugees fleeing danger, the search for safety can be extremely challenging. And too often, people become numbers in a system that can feel impossible to navigate. That’s why we guide, protect, advocate for, and support refugees. In the U.S., we offer resettlement and continued support services in strategic locations.

Bethany Christian Services' Refugee and Immigrant Services program encompasses adult and family resettlement as well as refugee foster care for Unaccompanied Children and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. Our services for unaccompanied refugee youth include case management, counseling, housing (foster homes, group homes, independent living), classes (New Arrival, Life Skills, driver's training), and volunteer mentoring and tutoring.

Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

901 Eastern NEGrand Rapids, MI 49503

(42.97958,-85.65121)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One year, four hours per month.
  • Application, references, clearances, interview, trainings.

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