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After School Program with Refugee Youth

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ORGANIZATION: Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS)

Resettled youth face many challenges - trauma, poverty, interrupted education, language barriers, and navigating a new culture. As part of the After School Program, volunteers help to create a safe space where youth can excel, have fun, and learn new skills. Volunteers will regularly meet with participants aged between the ages of six and eighteen in a group setting led by Heartland Alliance’s K through 12 team. Volunteers will assist students with homework as well as help facilitate activities designed to help students develop the social, emotional, and communication skills they need to succeed. Cohort meetings are currently taking place in-person (pending CDC guidance) on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm.

Program requirements:

  • Complete an FBI background check.
  • Be screened through the National Sex Offenders Public Website and the Illinois Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System.
  • Become a mandated reporter through the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).
  • Attend a virtual Heartland new volunteer orientation on Zoom.
  • Provide proof of vaccination.

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About Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS)


4419 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, US

Mission Statement

Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations--particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced--through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.


Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS) partners with refugees, asylees, immigrants and survivors of trafficking to address their needs by connecting them to their new community, providing education and employment services, and the help they need to succeed in their new country. RICS annually resettles more than 150 individuals in Chicago from places like Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, Ukraine, and Syria. RICS serves an additional 500 refugees through a variety of services including cultural orientation, adjustment counseling, employment, job readiness and placement services, as well as medical case management, family literacy, and English language training for adults.


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


We'll work with your schedule.


6328 North California AvenueChicago, IL 60659



  • General Education
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Youth Services




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Tuesdays 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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