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Mentor 16-year-old from Honduras (NW Grand Rapids)

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ORGANIZATION: Bethany Christian Services

We are looking for a Spanish-speaking man interested in mentoring a 16-year-old refugee from Honduras in Bethany's foster care program. This youth has been in the U.S. since April of 2021 and part of Bethany’s program since August of 2021. He is a 9 th grader in a local ESL high school program. His case manager shared, "No formal schooling, he only learned how to read a little bit from his brother in home country. He is behind educationally which has put him a little behind developmentally, so at times he can act pretty young. He does act like a 16 year old in some senses, but he also can very much act like he is 12. He has a flippant mood- at times, so kind, and at times, he can be hurtful with his words and attitude. A mentor will have to be able to not take offense as he does this to protect himself before anyone can hurt him."

Likes: Bracelet making, playing Free Fire on his phone, also he likes cows as he used to work on a ranch. Dislikes: learning! Strengths: can be so kind and very helpful and encouraging to youth and staff. Challenges: He can flip a switch and say hurtful things and be oppositional in so many ways (talk in class, group, swear at staff/youth, etc.), and struggles with his education/learning English.

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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.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Community, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1050 36th St. SESuite 400Grand RapidsKentwood, MI 49508

(42.89767,-85.64011)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Spanish
  • 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: 4 hours per month.
  • Application, references, clearances, interview, trainings. Mentors submit monthly reports throughout the year of mentoring.

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