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New York, NY

RYSA Volunteer Graphic Designer

Start date: July 2, 2018

The Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students from ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and life skills classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.

The Graphic Designer will design and put together 2017 RYSA Yearbook, working in collaboration with the Yearbook Coordinator and volunteer RYSA Photographer(s). The Graphic Designer will work part-time as needed on-site at the Summer Academy and participate in project meetings at the IRC in NY office. The Photographer will work collaboratively with the Yearbook Coordinator and Photographer, assist with yearbook responsibilities, and meet the required yearbook deadlines.

New York, NY

Summer Volunteer Photographer

Start date: July 2, 2018

Scope of Work: The Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students from ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and life skills classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.

The Photographer will create high-quality stock photos for the IRC’s internal and external purposes, including newsletters, funder reports and RYSA yearbook. The Photographer will work as needed on-site at the Summer Academy. The Photographer will work collaboratively with the Yearbook Coordinator and Graphic Designer to ensure the Academy is well-documented and the Yearbook is a valued item of memorabilia for students and families.

New York, NY

Peer Mentor, Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA)

Start date: July 2, 2018

The Refugee Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on the English literacy, math, and learning skills newly arrived refugee, asylee and other vulnerable immigrant youth need to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public system. Students participate in academic and physical education classes, as well as creative arts programming, including theater, music and dance.

Elizabeth, NJ

Summer Program Classroom Volunteer

Start date: July 30, 2018

Since 2011, the IRC has resettled hundreds of refugee youth to Elizabeth, New Jersey. The trauma of being forced from their homes, prolonged separation from loved ones, displacement, language barriers and poor or lapsed education compounds the academic challenges faced by refugee youth. IRC currently works with over 100 refugee students enrolled in 17 Elizabeth Public Schools, as well as 4 Roselle Public Schools, with new students arriving each month. IRC’s youth program works in collaboration with schools and families to overcome barriers and promote the academic and social success of refugee students.

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Why I volunteer with the IRC

I believe refugees have a right to dignity and respect for their cultures, traditions, and lives before their displacement. I don’t believe this right always exists in the U.S., and I want to work towards changing the status quo.

MaryIRC volunteer in Dallas