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Youth Services Volunteer or Intern

Start date: Ongoing
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Thank you for your interest in assisting refugees and asylees in our community. By volunteering with the IRC San Jose, you can share your unique experience and skills directly with IRC clients. Volunteer support is an integral part of the IRC's mission to provide opportunities for refugees to thrive in San Jose. By volunteering in Youth Services you will assist the Youth Connections Coach with program administration, outreach for both participants and mentors, case management and other tasks as assigned. This position reports to the Youth Connections Coach.



Volunteer: Minimum 4 hours a week for at least 4 full months

Intern: Minimum 15 hours a week for at least 4 full months or 240 hours total



o   Assist the Youth Connections Coach in program implementation and administration

o   Track and record client progress and activities

o   Conduct outreach for mentors and program participants

o   Assist with scheduling and planning orientation and further trainings

o   Assist with planning youth outings and activities

o   Assist with helping refugee youth develop personal goals

o   Assist in planning and running refugee youth girls’ summer workshop



o   All volunteers and interns must be 18+ years of age and clear a background check

o   Background or previous study and interest in human rights, forced migration, and/or human trafficking

o   Experience working directly with youth aged 15-24

o   Microsoft office proficiency, especially excel

o   Comfortable doing outreach to clients on the phone and in person



o   Learn how to effectively teach and educate youth from low-income and diverse backgrounds

o   Help peers reach full potential

o   Learn how to coach and counsel youth

o   Learn about other cultures, forced migration and resettlement

o   Learn about IRC’s services to refugees from many different backgrounds and how best to assist them in their resettlement in the U.S.

o   Help refugees feel welcomed in their new home and prepared for their new life



o Apply: https://rescueglobal.secure.force.com/volunteer/

o Complete a phone screening with the Volunteer Coordination Team

o Complete a Department Interview with department(s) of interest

o Pass a background check ($40 fee)

o Complete orientation and submit requested paperwork

o  Begin your service!

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