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Elizabeth, NJ

Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) Volunteer

Start date: July 29, 2019

At all grade levels (kindergarten, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12) RYSA volunteers will assist with guiding a self-contained classroom, supporting English literacy and ESL instruction through various subject matter (i.e. US History, Health, etc.), and facilitate other specialized activities such as art or music. Each RYSA volunteer is expected to support the ESL Lead Teacher and psychology doctoral student as they implement a culturally and age-appropriate curriculum for a class of approximately 15 students. Given the varied English levels and formal educational experiences of the student body, the RYSA volunteer must be flexible and comfortable with using various methods for teaching English Language Learners. Throughout their classroom activities, RYSA volunteers will be expected to contribute to the program’s goals of fostering students’ English competence and social-emotional development. All applicants must be older than 17 years old.

Elizabeth, NJ

Refugee Youth Summer Academy Volunteer Activity Facilitator

Start date: July 29, 2019

At all grade levels (kindergarten, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12) Activity Facilitators will develop, implement, and supervise activities such as art, music, dance, theater, etc. The specialty area will be determined based upon the candidate’ area of expertise. Each Activity Facilitator is expected to implement a culturally and age appropriate activity for a class of approximately 15 students for approximately 30-50 minutes, infusing principles from the IRC Safe Healing and Learning Spaces model. Given the varied English levels and formal education experiences of the student body, the Activity Facilitator must be flexible and comfortable with using various methods for engaging with English Language Learners (ELLs). Throughout their specialized activity, facilitators will be expected to contribute to the program’s goals of fostering students’ English competence and social-emotional development. Candidates will be working with a variety of class levels. All applicants must be experienced in their specialty area.

Wichita, KS

Back to School Bash Drivers

Start date: August 10, 2019

Volunteer drivers are needed to transport refugee youth and their families to First Presbyterian Church for the Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 10. Drivers will pick up families around 9:45am and remain with the families while the children pick out back packs and school supplies. Drivers will then transport the families back to their respective neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed from 9:45am-3:15pm, but this time can be split into various shifts. Lunch will be provided.

San Diego, CA

Citizenship Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Would you like to help permanent residents applying for naturalization? Become an interview practice workshop tutor!

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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.

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