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Youth Programs Volunteers

Requirements for all Next Gen volunteer roles

  1. Sensitivity and openness to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds
  2. High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility
  3. Attend a General Volunteer Orientation and role-specific orientation prior to starting
  4. Record and report volunteer hours, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation
  5. Pass Federal Background Check and driving record check (if applicable)
  6. Clear time and space in your schedule for your commitment
  7. In person roles: submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Home Visitation Volunteer, First Step Program

  • Commitment: once a week for at least 3 months
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: homes of client families
  • Point of contact: Emelie Coffman
A volunteer with the First Step program will work closely with the Next Gen team to support families with kids ages 0-5. This role includes everything from delivering materials, joining online meetings with families and children, supporting the early learning coordinator in conducting assessments, and assisting during home visits, outings, and fieldtrips.

Requirements: 

  • Experience working in culturally sensitive situations
  • Experience working with early learners (0-5)
  • Bilingual, immigrant/refugee background or vast professional experience working in cross-cultural environments
  • Great love for children and knowledge on how to guide children to find their answers rather than providing the answer for them
  • Able to pass a Federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

Mill Creek After School Program Volunteer

  • Commitment: 3 months, 1-2 times a week on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30-5:30pm
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Mill Creek Middle School, Kent
  • Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove
Volunteers at the Mill Creek after school program support the Next Gen coordinator on Tuesdays and Thursday with the set up, program time, and clean up of the afterschool program. Volunteers connect with middle school youth, supporting them with their homework and engaging them in their social, emotional, and language skills.

Requirements: 

  • Experience tutoring or providing academic support to youth
  • Experience working with middle school aged children
  • Bilingual, immigrant/refugee background or vast professional experience working in cross-cultural environments. Pashto and Dari speakers are especially needed.
  • Creative, energetic, and thoughtful, with a love for engaging students and connecting with them
  • Able to pass a Federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

Family Literacy Class Volunteer

  • Commitment: 3 months, times vary
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required
  • Location: Virtual and community parks around Kent
  • Point of contact: Raishawn Swensen

 

Family literacy volunteers join the (currently) online preschool classes at least once a week that are held Mon-Thurs from 10:30-11:30am. Volunteers help with breakout rooms and work with children in appropriate age groups for activities. In-person meet ups are every two weeks at a park or outdoor area in Kent. Volunteers join as activity leads and supports, do supply deliveries, and may help transport families to in-person gatherings.

Requirements: 

  • Experience working with young children ages 0-5
  • Flexible and willing to support parents of young children
  • Creative, energetic, and thoughtful, with a love for engaging students and connecting with them
  • Able to pass a Federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record
  • Consistently report volunteer hours

Family Support Volunteer

Commitment: at least 3 months, weekly on a flexible schedule
COVID-19 vaccine: Not required at this time
Location: Remote
Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove
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 the 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.

Responsibilities: 

Commit to supporting a family by connecting with them 1-2x a week for at least 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

Consistently report volunteer hours

Next steps

The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Don't forget to mark Youth Programs as your area of interest. Once you submit your application, follow the steps to complete the online orientation and register for a local training.

All volunteers are required to attend both the general and local orientations, complete an application*, and undergo a background check before starting. 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

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

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