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Youth & Family Services Volunteers

Requirements for all 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

R.I.S.E. Club Volunteer: After School Program  

Program Summary: First and foremost, R.I.S.E. is a community - where students from all over the world can belong! We cultivate peer connections so students can laugh together, speak their home languages, and practice skills like goal-setting and conflict resolution. Students are also highly encouraged to develop a trusted relationship with a mentor, creating space to ask questions about school/U.S. culture or collaborate on challenges they are facing in their daily lives. Curriculum focuses on homework help, engaging STEM and art projects, and English vocabulary/grammar. 

Regular Volunteer Role: When joining R.I.S.E., you get the chance to bring the fullness of who you are - to build our community culture, befriend individual students, and support activities planned by staff. 15 minutes of set-up/briefing and clean-up/debriefing is included in time commitment.

*Note: In addition to regular, committed volunteers, R.I.S.E. Club also accepts a limited number of guest facilitators to lead special activities, such as art projects, career exploration, soccer workshops, etc. If you are interested in a one-time visit, please email Brielle with your activity proposal at BCosgrove@wr.org.* 

 

  • Commitment: 1-2 times a week
  • Schedule: Mondays, 3:45-6:15pm; Wednesdays, 1:45pm-4:15pm
  • Location: River Ridge Elementary in Kent 
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required 
  • Point of Contact: Brielle Cosgrove, BCosgrove@wr.org  

 

Requirements:  

  • Creative, energetic, flexible, and thoughtful, with a love for connecting with children and youth 
  • Experience tutoring or providing academic support ideal 
  • Bilingual, immigrant/refugee background or experience working in cross-cultural environments intentionally welcomed 
  • Pashto, Dari, Russian, or Ukrainian speakers are especially needed 
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record 
  • Consistently report volunteer hours 

Family Literacy Class Volunteer

Program Summary: The Family Literacy class is a space for Afghan mothers and children ages 0-5 to engage in both separate and collaborative learning, increasing access to education and improving mental and emotional health through supportive community. Our unique curriculum equips moms with knowledge and skills to navigate American systems and norms, and empowers these moms to be their children’s first teacher at home. First, mothers focus on English class while children enjoy Kindergarten-readiness activities in neighboring rooms. Then, everyone comes together to practice songs, games, and activities related to the lesson. Parents can repeat class activities with their children at home to promote learning for both parents and children.  

Regular Volunteer Role: Youare invited to play, laugh, sing, craft, dance, and more, engaging in the vibrant work being done in our preschool classroom. Volunteers support set-up, planned activities, and clean-up, and befriend individual students as they navigate our classroom and their new lives in the U.S. Opportunities to support short field trips to local outdoor areas may be available.

*Note: Some families are still seeking support with transportation. If you are interested in supporting moms who may be facing this limitation, please complete your Motor Vehicle Check in the onboarding process, and ask our staff how you can get involved.* 

 

  • Commitment: At least once a week, for at least 3 months 
  • Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm 
  • Location: World Relief Kent Office, 23835 Pacific Hwy S 
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required 
  • Point of contact: Leeda Wali 

 

Requirements:  

  • Creative, energetic, flexible, and thoughtful, with a love for connecting with children and youth 
  • Experience working with children ages 0-5 
  • Excited about holistically supporting families, specifically Afghan moms new to the U.S. 
  • Pashto or Dari speakers are especially appreciated 
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record 
  • Consistently report volunteer hours 

School Success Coach 

Program Summary: Navigating a new school system, catching up in academic subjects, and tackling a new language can be highly overwhelming for newly arrived refugee students, in addition to the challenges of being “the new kid” and re-creating a sense of home in the U.S. Our School Success Coaching pilot aims to provide every student struggling in school with a supportive, knowledgeable mentor to walk alongside them in this journey, by providing academic tutoring services and committed friendship.  

Regular Volunteer Role: Share your skills and knowledge with a local refugee student, by committing to meet with them weekly as they complete homework assignments, increase their understanding of academic concepts, and tackle English vocabulary and grammar. Coaches are paired with individual students in need of support, and can meet either online or in-person once or twice a week – depending on volunteer/family preferences and location. Individuals specializing in specific subject areas will be prioritized for a match with students who have expressed needs in that area.  

 

  • Commitment: Once or twice weekly for 1-2 hours at a time, for at least a semester 
  • Schedule: Regular weekly schedule is set based on volunteer/family availability 
  • COVID-19 vaccine: Not required at this time 
  • Location: Flexible (Remote, at a family’s home, or in a public location) 
  • Point of contact: Brielle Cosgrove, BCosgrove@wr.org  

*Note: Volunteers may experience a wait time of several weeks before being matched with a student, depending on status of family waitlist* 

 

Requirements:  

  • Creative, energetic, flexible, and thoughtful, with a love for connecting with children and youth 
  • Experience teaching or tutoring academic subjects required; specific specialties a plus 
  • Additional languages other than English are a high need, particularly Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, or Russian 
  • Weekly availability at a time reserved for the program 
  • Able to pass a federal background check 
  • 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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