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Mentor refugee youth one-on-one in Global Scholars Program

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ORGANIZATION: Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)

  • 17 people are interested

This post is NOT an application. If you are interested in this position after reading through the below description and requirements, please apply here: https://www.pairhouston.org/global-scholars-volunteer-application Thank you!

PAIR empowers refugee youth to become community leaders. Through mentoring, tutoring, college access, and leadership development programs, PAIR equips students with life and academic skills for success.

Support an 11th or 12th grade refugee student and their academic success by mentoring them with a focus on graduating from high school, exploring careers, and applying for post-secondary education opportunities.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties:

  • Commit to building a supportive relationship with a refugee student
  • Complete and submit activity log within 24 hours after each contact with mentee
  • Maintain regular contact with Program Manager or Program Coordinator to provide program feedback and communicate progress, issues, and successes
  • Utilize PAIR guidance materials and strive to achieve program objectives
  • Utilize PAIR resource list to connect student with additional community and educational resources to meet student needs as they are identified
  • Attend ongoing mentor training as needed (more details below)


  • 21 years of age or older
  • Attend training and complete background check (more details below)
  • Access to a vehicle, auto insurance, and a good driving record
  • Sincere interest in being a supportive figure in the life of a young refugee
  • Ability to empathize with young people from different backgrounds, and take a non-judgmental approach to working with them
  • Active listening skills
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Willingness to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Preferred: experience working with youth and/or international populations

Time Commitment:
Mentors must be dedicated to being a consistent presence for the duration of the program, a one-year relationship commitment with the mentee.

  • Program dates are from August 2024 - July 2025
  • Mentor for a minimum of 6 hours per month, meeting in-person with mentee at least twice per month.
  • Given the scale of needs specific to refugees, mentors should expect to spend 6-10 hours per month in person with the mentee to fully achieve program goals.
  • Note about additional mentoring time in the summer months:
    • For 12th grade students, this time is to support their transition to post-secondary education
    • For 11th grade students, this time will serve as a bridge to their next mentors. If assigned to a mentee in 11th grade, the mentor will be eligible to continue in the following school year with approval from the mentee and the Senior Program Manager

Volunteering Location:
Mentors MUST be able to travel to the Gulfton/Sharpstown area of Southwest Houston AT LEAST twice a month.
Each mentor-mentee pair will arrange the time and location of their meetings. Meetings will include visits at the student’s home and with the student’s parent(s), and may include other family members in the student’s environment.

Training and Support Provided:
All mentors must attend and actively participate in a mandatory in-person orientation and training session. This training will include an overview of refugees and U.S. resettlement as well as assets, strengths and challenges of refugee youth. Accepted mentors must also attend ongoing in-person or virtual mentor training as needed, including at least 1 mentor group meeting/event per year. PAIR staff and curriculum resources are available to support and facilitate successful mentor-mentee relationships, including a curriculum with structured activities and strategies for college access.


  • Exposure to new cultures; developing a greater appreciation for diversity and understanding of Houston’s refugee community
  • Gain or improve skills such as mentoring, tutoring, working with youth, working with English language learners, and cultural competency; as well as communication, teamwork, and leadership skills
  • Personal growth and opportunity to have fun!

Application and Screening Procedures:

  • Submit application here: Global Scholars Volunteer Application - PAIR Houston
  • Interview and three reference checks must be provided and completed
  • Sterling Background Check must be completed through PAIR after initial screening

Contact Information:
Please contact Allison Hall, PAIR’s Community Engagement Manager, with any questions or concerns you may have about the application process or volunteering with PAIR:


(713) 771-1111 (PAIR Office)

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About Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)


3300 Chimney Rock Rd. Ste 105, Houston, TX 77056, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) is to empower refugee youth to become community leaders. If you are interested in learning more about our mission and who we are, please visit our website: https://www.pairhouston.org/


Through educational mentoring programs, PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential and become community leaders. If you're interested in learning more about our programs and activities, please visit: https://www.pairhouston.org/programs


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


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Multiple locations Houston, TX 77081



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors must be dedicated to being a consistent presence for the duration of the program, a one-year relationship commitment with the mentee. The program dates are from September 2023 to August 2024. 
  • Please thoroughly read the description for all requirements and if interested, apply here: https://www.pairhouston.org/global-scholars-volunteer-application

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