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MYVA Youth Mentor

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ORGANIZATION: International Rescue Committee in Richmond

  • 18 people are interested

Become a Youth Mentor with IRC Richmond and...

  • Develop an enriching relationship with your mentee and participate in meaningful cultural exchange.
  • Grow your knowledge of local community resources, academic institutions, and programs.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the U.S. resettlement program and the services provided to refugees to promote integration and self-sufficiency.
  • Receive support from a dedicated Youth Mentoring Specialist, IRC Office & Resources, a network of other mentors, and optional training opportunities throughout your volunteer experience.
  • Get connected with other mentor/mentee pairs at regular MYVA events.

**We have a specific need for MALE volunteers at this time!


Provide reliable and consistent support to a client aged 15-24 in making progress toward their goals for 6-12 months.

Each client’s story, personality, skills, background, and needs are unique, therefore each volunteer experience will be unique. In your work as a mentor, you will help your mentee to:

  • Strengthen interpersonal and leadership skills and self-esteem
  • Become an engaged member of their community through participation in civic and community service
  • Receive academic support, including college application and achievement support
  • Enhance career development skills and financial literacy skills

Connection to IRC Mission: Teach skills that encourage self-sufficiency in all areas for young adults aged 15-24

Location: In client’s home or nearby public spaces (library, coffee shop, local park, etc.)

Time Commitment: 1-2 hour meeting at least once monthly for a term of 6-12 months. Schedule will be determined based upon volunteer's and client's availability in the mentor & mentee’s first meeting.


Mentors must be at least 25 years old and are expected to have reliable transportation to get to meetings.

All mentors must:

  • Complete IRC Volunteer Training (2 hours), Background Check, and MYVA Mentor Training (1 hour).
  • Meet with mentee in person at least one time a month for a minimum of 6 months. If mentors need to reschedule a meeting, they are expected to notify their mentee at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Document meetings via online form. This is the official documentation of services being provided to clients.
  • Report volunteer hours by end of each month.
  • Practice safeguarding. Mentors cannot be alone with clients under 18 years old without explicit written permission from the client's parent.
  • Be responsive to communications from IRC staff. If mentors are unresponsive to IRC staff and/or fail to meet with their mentee, they will be removed from the program and their mentee will be matched with a new mentor.


  • Be willing to navigate awkward interactions, especially at the beginning.
  • Have an interest in working with young people new to the U.S. from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Be flexible, as last-minute changes are to be expected when working with clients.
  • Experience with youth or multilingual learners preferred.
  • Proficiency in client languages preferred: Dari, Pashto, Persian, Kinyarwanda, French.

Are you excited to be a Youth Mentor? Complete an Interest Form by copying & pasting this link into your browser: https://forms.gle/tRbDLAt6sbJGWtE89

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About International Rescue Committee in Richmond


2004 Bremo Rd., Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23226, US

Mission Statement

The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination. In Richmond, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives.


The International Rescue Committee is one of the leading providers of services for refugees, asylees and asylum seekers, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable immigrants in the United States. Across the country, each year, the IRC serves over 35,000 individuals with an array of services aimed at helping them to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.

We measure our progress on this mission by assessing improvements in the long-term outcomes of the women, men, girls and boys that we serve-their health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and empowerment. We want to achieve our goal while we deliver the greatest impact for the most people at the lowest cost, and so are committed to constantly strengthening the effectiveness of our programs, responsiveness to clients and communities, and to reach more people with timely evidence-based assistance.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Richmond, VA 23226



  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Youth Services
  • Advocacy
  • Life Coaching
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hour meeting at least once monthly for a term of 6-12 months. Schedule to be based on volunteer's and client's availability in first meeting.
  • Proficiency in client languages is a plus: Dari, Persian, Pashto, Kinyarwanda, French

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