After-school program tutors work with refugee students to ensure their homework is accurate and complete, help increase students’ vocabulary and basic math skills, and provide social support by playing games, assisting with art projects, and building meaningful relationships with students.
SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERS ARE: open-minded, flexible, proactive, patient, and ready to have fun!
- Willing to learn about cross-cultural communication and ethnic backgrounds of clients.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
- Reliable and able to commit to one semester!
TIME COMMITMENT: Volunteers will make at least a one semester commitment (September to December and/or January to May) for one day a week for two hours. Programs generally run Monday through Thursday between 3:00 and 6:00pm, but starting time varies from site to site.
- RYP at Patterson High School, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:35 - 5:15 pm.
RYP’s after-school program at Patterson brings together refugee high school students from across the city of Baltimore. Youth work with volunteer tutors to complete homework assignments, finish school projects, or practice English. In 2014, students also had the option of attending a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Nursing program. This site serves Bhutanese, Iraqi, Eritrean, and Congolese students who are in the 9th to 12th grades.
- RYP at Moravia Park Elementary School, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:45 pm:
Moravia Park Elementary School is currently RYP’s largest site, with 55 pre-K through 5th grade students attending this after-school program to receive snacks, homework help, extra English lessons, and community arts integration. RYP students are given safe transportation home each day and go on 1-2 cultural field trips each semester. The majority of the students at this site come from Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea, and DR Congo.
- RYP in Catonsville, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm.
RYP recently started after-school programming in the Catonsville area to support the academic and social development of students from Myanmar. In the past six years, more than 1,400 refugees from Myanmar have been resettled in Baltimore County, many of whom are youth from the Chin ethnic minority. RYP provides snacks, tutoring support, recreation opportunities, field trips and community arts lessons to middle and high school students at this site.
Prospective volunteers are required to fill out an application, attend an orientation and pass a background check prior to starting.
Learn more about after-school programming by clicking here: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/after-school-program-tutors/
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 15
- Orientation or Training