The IRC in Charlottesville Youth Mentoring program (MYVA) serves refugee youth or young adults (15-24) to help them positively navigate new communities and advance their educational and vocational goals.  Adult mentors in the Charlottesville community are paired with a mentee and help guide the youth through important life transitions and decisions.  Mentors can form a long-term relationship with their mentee—meeting at least once a month for a minimum of 1 year.  IRC provides ongoing training and support for the Mentors in the program, with regular follow-ups to set goals and track progress.  Participating in the program is expected to be a mutually beneficial and rewarding opportunity for both youth and their Mentor to build intercultural understanding and broaden cultural competency.

Location: Client's home or another agreed-upon location, including virtual. 

Time Commitment: Minimum 1-year commitment and meet at least once a month with mentee. 


  • Provide support and guidance to youth mentee in navigating their educational or career path with activities such as tutoring, helping with job applications, and networking guidance
  • Establish good relationships with the parents/guardians of the youth and keep them informed of activities
  • Submit time records and notes to IRC


  • Must commit to one-year minimum mentorship meeting at least once a month to do an activity or check-in
  • Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must follow IRC standards and safety guidelines as outlined during IRC Volunteer Orientation
  • Must take the lead in coordinating meetings and forming positive relationships with the youth.

How to Apply: Complete a Volunteer Application online. Note: Please upload a resume or CV at the bottom of the application. Once your submission has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted about attending an upcoming volunteer orientation