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Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing
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A refugee family gathers on the couch for a photo. Photo: Jenna Reich


The Family Mentor volunteer provides support to refugee families by acting as a community guide and conversation partner. Volunteers meet weekly with the family to assist with practical needs and have fun!  Family Mentors provide friendly encouragement and support as newly arrived refugees move towards self-sufficiency and become established in their new homes.

Activities Focus On:

  • English speaking/writing practice - Engage the client in conversational English appropriate to their skill level
  • Digital literacy assistance - teach basic technology navigation and skills for smartphones, computers, etc.
  • Financial literacy assistance - currency, counting, money orders, no budget work
  • Employment support - job interview practice, getting job applications
  • Transportation - reading street signs, taking the bus, learning bus route, bike safety and bike maps
  • Local resource access - library, ethnic grocery store, English classes etc.
  • Homework assistance for client children


  • High intercultural competence and emotional intelligence
  • Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment
  • Conduct oneself in a responsible and appropriate fashion as an IRC representative to the family and the Tucson community
  • Commit to interacting with a family for 2 hours per week on a regular basis with a focus on building self-sufficiency skills
  • Strictly adhere to the IRC’s confidentiality policy
  • Able to engage in open-minded communication regarding new cultural perspectives
  • Report monthly volunteer activities accurately and on time
  • Commit to regular check-ins with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss status and progress

Minimum Commitment: 2 hours/ week for 4 months; set a consistent schedule to visit on an evening or weekend


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