Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. In addition, other at-risk individuals and families are served through employment services, job-readiness training, adult education, and immigration services.
In 2018 the IRC in Wichita implemented an afterschool youth program to address the growing concern that refugee students were not on track to graduate from high school. What began as an after school tutoring program has grown to become a peer mentoring program that includes after school tutoring, life skills, leadership and psychosocial wellbeing components. The goal of the program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate, be self-sufficient, and have economic-mobility and control over their futures.
As a new and burgeoning program with limited resources, the IRC seeks individuals who are able to commit time and transportation for youth participants. Youth are collected from school at the end of the school day and transported to one of two afterschool program locations which are both located in NE Wichita. At the conclusion of programming, youth then are transported home. The general time commitment per day is approximately three hours, from the hours of 3pm-6pm. The program runs Monday –Thursday each school week.
Field trips are scheduled monthly and are conducted on Saturdays. Students are picked up from select locations and provided with a half-day or day of activity. Past activities have included a visit to the zoo, roller skating, activities with the YMCA and a swimming trip. The time commitment for one day of activity will range from 4-6 hours.
All interaction with youth is supervised by more than one adult at all times.
Valid driver’s license with no previous suspensions or significant motor vehicle violations
At least five years of experience driving
Proof of insurance will be required
Registered, well-maintained vehicle
For questions call 316-361-2795 or email VolunteerKS [at] Rescue.org.
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