Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 29 U.S. cities each year through initial housing assistance; case management and referral services; job readiness and placement; community and cultural orientation; health and wellness programs; immigration services; and youth programs.
Scope of Volunteer Work: Volunteer as a Youth Academic Tutor to help newcomer students build academic skills and confidence! The IRC’s Youth Program provides tutoring, mentoring, and parent support programming for students and their families. With guidance from IRC staff, volunteers work one-on-one with students to practice English language skills, assist with homework, and facilitate educational games and activities. Students and tutors will work together to develop academic skills, including reading, math and science. Tutors support learning through empowerment, positive engagement and providing expertise on school subjects! Please Note: This is an unpaid position.
Location: This is a remote position, and will reach newcomer students from the Highline and Everett School Districts.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours/week. Minimum three-month commitment. Evening, weekend tutor availability preferred. Tutors commit to at least 1 day/week.
Essential Position Functions:
- Provide 1-3 hours per week of homework help and/or other academic tutoring to students via Zoom
- Coordinate with parents, students, and IRC staff to set up appropriate times for tutoring sessions
- Support parents by answering questions related to the school system and their child’s education
- Assess student needs and academic progress; report back to IRC staff regularly
- Incorporate feedback from parents, teachers and IRC staff into tutoring sessions
- Help develop manipulatives and tools that students and parents can use at home
- Comfortable facilitating virtual meetings on Zoom, accessing shared files and documents, and troubleshooting simple tech issues
- Access to a laptop or desktop computer with headphones, stable internet access
- Must attend required tutor trainings and pass required background checks
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers
- Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
- Previous experience working with refugee/immigrant and/or low-income communities preferred
- Some experience teaching/tutoring and/or working with youth preferred
- Flexibility and positive attitude appreciated
- Enthusiastic about learning!
How to Apply:
- Register and attend remote tutoring trainings. All tutors must attend both the general info session, as well as one of the tutor training options, before they begin tutoring.
- Sign-up for a general volunteer information session and the two-day evening option for tutor training on September 15th and 17th from 6pm-7pm
- Alternatively, we will host a one-day weekend option, which will include both the tutor training and genereal volunteer information session, on September 20th, 3pm-6pm
- Fill in an application
- Sign up for an interview
Reports to: Youth Programs Assistant
Updated: July 2020
VolunteerSEA [at] Rescue.org for more information.
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