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K-12 Tutor with New Arrivals

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ORGANIZATION: Karen Organization of Minnesota

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Youth Tutoring

Purpose/objective:

KOM is part of a cohort of agencies working with new arrival youth and families through the Youth & Family Coach Program. KOM coordinates tutoring for K-12 students enrolled in the Youth & Family Coach program for KOM and four partner organizations: Afghan Cultural Society, GAP (Guadalupe Alternative Programs), Oromo Community of Minnesota, and Ukrainian American Community Center. Youth in the program have been in the U.S. for under five years.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Help K-12 students with homework one-on-one or with their siblings
    • Homework subjects vary by student, but include general elementary, middle school, and high school subjects (English reading and writing, History, Math, Science)
    • Encourage students to practice study skills
  • Practice English reading, writing, or conversation with students who have limited English proficiency
    • Languages spoken by students in the Youth & Family Coach program: Somali, Amharic, Oromo, Pashto, Dari, Karen, Karenni, and Ukrainian.
Time commitment:

Available to tutor at least 1-3 hours/week during the after-school time in the afternoon or evening. Tutoring times are available weekdays, depending on the program and agency host site.

Location:

Tutoring options both in-person and virtual. For virtual tutoring, tutors will meet online with students via Google Meet. Tutors will meet with students in-person at a local library, at the agency host site, or other nearby public space in the Twin Cities area verified by the agency.

Qualifications:

Patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion to tutor K-12 students with limited English proficiency. Experience working with new arrivals of various backgrounds is beneficial.

Measures:

Volunteers are required to report their volunteer times to the staff coordinator for their program and notify the coordinator of any absences.

Benefits:

The tutor has the opportunity to grow their tutoring skills for students with limited English proficiency and enhance their cross-cultural communication skills.

How to apply/contact:

Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will complete an interview to discuss their availability and interest in tutoring. Then they will be required to attend a volunteer tutoring orientation led by KOM, be subject to a background check, and will then be connected with the program coordinator.

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About Karen Organization of Minnesota

Location:

2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Karen Organization of Minnesota is to build on the strengths of refugee and immigrant communities and remove barriers to achieving economic, social, and cultural wellbeing.

Description

The Karen Organization of Minnesota was founded in 2008 by refugees from Burma. As the first Karen-led social service agency in the U.S., KOM is often consulted by Minnesota and statewide agencies to learn about how to best serve refugees from Burma. KOM offers employment services, social services, community health, and youth development programs to over 3,000 refugees and immigrants each year. Most of our staff and board members are from the communities we serve, giving us a unique ability to provide culturally responsive services and keep pace with the community’s changing needs.

Our Community

More than 20,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Minnesota is also home to more than 2,000 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma, including Karenni and Mon. Refugees from Burma come to Minnesota for the same reasons many people do: to find good jobs, access high-quality education, and connect with a strong community. While most of our clients are from Burma, we also serve clients from areas including Afghanistan, Ukraine, Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Latin America who now live in the Twin Cities.

Our Impact

KOM is a leading service provider helping over 3,000 refugees and immigrants each year achieve their goals. Our success is due to:

  • Programs designed by and for the community
  • Providing wraparound support
  • Strong partnerships

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-3 hours per week, commit to at least 2 months.

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