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Tech Mentor

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SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:

The technology mentor will support refugee families recently resettled into Salt Lake City area by empowering them to unlock the potential of technology. This is an opportunity for individuals to act as both a mentor and guide in navigating a new community and creating a safe space for the family to learn and grow in their technology use and English skills. The tech mentor role will assist in helping refugee families:

  • Set up internet connection, desktops, smartphones, or other hardware in the home
  • Discover personal relevance of technology in everyday life and in reaching education and career goals
  • Learn basic skills to use a computer and navigate the internet and its resources
  • Become digital citizens who use technology in positive and safe ways

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Able to commit at least two hours a week for six weeks; schedule is otherwise flexible.
  • Participate in two 15 minute check-in calls (at midway point and end of service)
  • Regularly report on activities with mentee through the student progress sheet
  • Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts
  • Patient, flexible and reliable
  • Adheres to IRC volunteer and workplace policies, including confidentiality policies and respect for family experiences
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language preferred, but not required

TRAINING:

  • All volunteers must read through the IRC Digital Inclusion Volunteer Manual before the orientation.
  • Volunteer orientation will include a 60 min training, 15 min Q&A session, and 15 min to complete onboarding paperwork. Training will cover the following:
    • Role of the Tech Mentor and how it supplements the work of the IRC
    • Curriculum modules
    • English language instruction information and best practices
    • IRC policies to which all volunteers must adhere to

NEXT STEPS: If you are interested, email VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: Tech%20Mentor%20-%20Inquiry) with "Tech Mentor" in the subject line. 

  1. Attend an info session to learn more about the IRC, the people we serve and the volunteer opportunities we host. To sign up, email VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: Tech%20Mentor%20-%20Inquiry)  with "Tech Mentor" in the subject line. You will receive an automatic response with a link to sign up for the info session. 
  2. Attend tech mentor training, dates to be decided. 
  3. All volunteers must clear a background check, for which we ask for a $45 donation to cover the cost. Steps for this will be provided closer to your training date.

Questions? Email us at VolunteerSLC [at] rescue.org (subject: Tech%20Mentor%20-%20Inquiry) .