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Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in New York, NY, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.


POWER students visit the United Nations

The United Nations Department of Public Information hosted Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Resilience (POWER) interpretation students for several field trips this past month.  The POWER interpretation program trains women with advanced language abilities in applying these skills towards careers in professional interpretation.


Cultural Orientation Intern

The Cultural Orientation will support timely coordination and scheduling of classes in collaboration with colleagues, assist with program and date management, and teach as needed using IRC’s established curriculum. 


Unaccompanied Children Intern

The IRC in New York provides services to unaccompanied minors as part of a national response to the large influx of youth entering the United States without legal guardians. The Unaccompanied Children Intern will support the Unaccompanied Children Caseworker to complete home studies on potential sponsors and assist minors in obtaining educational, health, and legal services once they are placed with a sponsor. The intern’s primary responsibility will be helping clients to obtain legal assistance, enrollment in school, and health insurance and to conduct research on possible resources available to the children and their sponsors within the 5 boroughs of NYC. The Unaccompanied Children Intern will work within the Resettlement Department at the IRC in NY resettlement office and report to the Unaccompanied Children Caseworker.


Intern and Volunteer Opportunities in NY/NJ

The IRC in New York and New Jersey is currently offering volunteer and internship opportunities.


College & Career Readiness Advisor Volunteer

The College & Career Readiness Advisor will manage a caseload of IRC clients who are interested in pursuing higher education or vocational school. The intern will provide individual consultations and follow-up on all referrals. The intern will also plan college readiness workshops and several CUNY college visits. This volunteer role will provide firsthand experience in managing a caseload of refugee and immigrant clients, planning and implementing workshops, designing and implementing a college/career readiness curriculum for recently-arrived refugee and asylee youth.


Family Education Support Volunteer

The Family Education Support Volunteer will assist the program coordinator to evaluate and assess students, prepare materials for classes and complete both short and long term outreach projects.


Artist and IRC Alumni, Adama Nanguin Abib Coulibaly, Makes his Gallery Debut

Originally from Cote d'Ivoire, Adama arrived in the US less than six years ago. He attended the Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) and then enrolled into 9th grade at Brooklyn International High School. He and his mom participated in the Academic Coaching program, and a few years later, Adama became a "Leader in Training" - including working as a Peer Mentor at RYSA in 2014 and 2015. Meanwhile, he honed his artistry. When he graduated high school in 2015, he enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College studying liberal arts, playing soccer, and painting. 


Food and Agriculture Job Training Program

POWER (Providing Opportunities for Women's Economic Resilience) and New Roots are proud to follow all the graduates of the Food and Agriculture Job Training Program as they start careers and gain control of their futures. Almost all graduates go on to seek additional training or employment within the local food industry.


Farmers Market

Every Tuesday afternoon, the New Roots Community Farm hosts a Farmers Market where neighborhood residents have the chance to buy the freshest vegetables in the Bronx.


Bloomberg Employees Lead a Job Readiness Workshop

Bloomberg employees joined the IRC in New York for a day of volunteerism at a job readiness workshop