International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Teen Refugees United & Empowered (TRUE) Facilitator

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:

Teen Refugees United and Empowered (TRUE) provides a safe space for young refugee women, ages 12 to 19, who are transitioning into a new culture and community, to discuss issues they’ve identified as important to them. TRUE is an opportunity for groups members to make connections with students from different countries, to learn to navigate high school together and to discuss the experience of being a teenager in the U.S. Meetings are held weekly and include interactive discussions and activities to empower members to discuss their individual experiences and identities in a communal space. Through different modes of expression, members explore leadership skills, English competency and the development of a multicultural understanding.  As a group facilitator, you can help guide these discussions and support participants as they explore what it means to be a young woman in a new home. Participants in TRUE also have the opportunity to engage with their new community through fun activities, such as trips to college campuses, visiting the zoo and aquarium, theater performances and community events. Facilitators are responsible for planning and facilitating these group outings. Facilitators also engage in outreach to recruit new members and seek out new resources and activities for participants. Applicants should have some previous experience working with youth and an interest in the issues and challenges refugee and immigrant youth face when moving to a new community.

LOCATION: Tukwila, WA

TIME COMMITMENT: Group meets for one hour weekly (currently Mondays at 4:30pm, but may change over the summer) + weekly planning and travel time. More hours required on activity days, which occur monthly. Position starts June 2014. Minimum 3 month commitment.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Increase participation in TRUE by conducting outreach in local schools and community organizations
  • Maintain frequent communication with group members to remind them about group meetings and activities through email, social media and phone calls as needed
  • Provide information about TRUE to parents/guardians of group members
  • Collect permission slips/sign-up forms from participants and store documents appropriately
  • Coordinate group logistics, such as securing a meeting space and transportation planning for outings
  • Help plan and facilitate for weekly discussion topics
  • Facilitate a supportive environment and help ensure participants feel safe and respected
  • Be receptive to the needs of participants and adjust group goals and activities as needed
  • Track attendance at weekly meetings and field trips; regularly report attendance to IRC staff
  • Seek out new opportunities for activities in the community for TRUE participants; organize monthly field trips
  • Communicate with IRC staff on a weekly basis about group needs and activities; IRC staff members must vet all materials used and approve activities in the community.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Due to the age-range and focus of the group, we are seeking young adult women for this volunteer position
  • Previous experience volunteering or working with youth required
  • Experience with intercultural communication and/or working with refugee or immigrant communities preferred
  • Comfortable leading activities and facilitating group discussions
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Good communication and listening skills are a must
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer policies and requirements (such as completing a background check and tracking/reporting volunteer activities and hours)

Reports to: Medical Case Worker and Volunteer Specialist

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