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Youth Programs Volunteers

Requirements: 

  • Sensitivity and openness to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds

  • High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility

  • Attend a General Volunteer Orientation and role-specific orientation prior to starting

  • Record and report volunteer hours, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation

  • Pass Federal Background Check and driving record check (if applicable)

  • Clear time and space in your schedule for your commitment

Family Support Volunteer

As the pandemic continues, refugee and immigrant families are navigating a variety of challenges such as increased financial burdens, food insecurity, and supporting their children through online education and schoolwork.  Students with refugee backgrounds are already more likely to fall behind due to previous interruptions in their education from war and displacement, lack of access to technology, and the demands of learning in a new language and a different school system. The pandemic threatens to increase this learning gap, and parents have asked for resources, tools, and community connections to help their kids thrive academically.
Our goal is to connect each refugee and immigrant family with a supportive volunteer who comes alongside and helps navigate the challenges of this online school year. This might include practicing English, listening to concerns, supporting and encouraging their goals, connecting families to resources, facilitating learning activities, and building a friendship. In a season where we all need connection, this is an opportunity to offer tangible support and share resources where it matters the most.

Volunteer Cohort Schedule: 

  • Volunteers are onboarded and matched with families each quarter in July, October, January, and April

  • Volunteers may work in pairs (from separate households) to support students

  • Commit to 3 months minimum, with the possibility to continue if desired

  • Volunteers can express interest and apply at any time in anticipation of the next cohort start date

Responsibilities: 

  • Commit to supporting a family by connecting with them 1-2x a week for three months (virtually, for the foreseeable future)
  • Assist the family however able with academic studies, English tutoring, tech support/literacy, social-emotional encouragement, and friendship. World Relief staff will provide training, community with other volunteers, and on-demand support (no need for you to be an expert, just willing to help and learn!)
  • Serve as a liaison between World Relief and the family, helping to pass along resources and opportunities from staff, as well as communicating family needs and requests back to the Next Gen Coordinator

Summer Academy Transportation

Our summer academy this year will include short, in-person visits in small family groupings to local outdoor spaces. Our goal is to provide opportunities for exploration and place-based learning to students who may not typically get the chance to do so. In order to manage the logistics of transportation, we are searching for a small number of volunteers with significant availability to take on the role of regularly driving a route of students to and from activities.

Responsibilities: 

  • Drive summer academy students to activities three days a week for the weeks of July 12th-August 9th (T/Th 9am-3pm, F 11am-3pm)
  • Take responsibility for applicable safety protocols such as sanitizing vehicles and monitoring mask use
  • Facilitate a piece of the camp experience by taking any opportunity to make car rides enjoyable and fun!

Requirements: 

  • Must have a driver's license and clear a driving record check, and be comfortable driving students in a van
  • Must be 18 or older

Summer Academy Elective Facilitator

We are offering virtual electives to students in order to supplement formal instruction. We would love to invite community partners and current World Relief volunteers to offer their skills and talents as elective leaders, creating a memorable, educational summer experience for our students!

Responsibilities: 

  • Facilitate one or more 45-minute elective activities (such as an art project, yoga class, science experiment, etc.) for groups of 5-10 students. Electives are scheduled for M/W afternoons, from 1:30-2:15 and 2:15-3pm.

Requirements: 

  • Must be familiar with virtual facilitation, able to use Zoom

Next steps

  1. The first step is to fill out a volunteer application* and undergo a background check. Be sure to indicate “Youth Programs” as your interest area on the application.
  2. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles. All new World Relief volunteers are required to attend.

*Required for new volunteers and returning volunteers who have not submitted an application in over a year. Background checks must also be renewed yearly.

Questions about volunteering? Contact Angela Luchko, Volunteer Coordinator, at ALuchko@wr.org.

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