About the role: youth success coaches work with refugee youth ages 10-24 to provide support as they transition to the Baltimore region. Coaches focus on practicing English, completing homework, socialization activities and integration to the local community. Based on each mentee's needs and identified goals, coaching pairs may do virtiual visits to local parks, career development resources, libraries and museums. 

Skills & Qualifications: the youth success coach must display an interest in supporting young people in their education and career goals, and helping to build positive social networks. Experience working in a multicultural setting or with English language learners is preferred, but not required. Coaches should display creativity and initiative to support the self-suffiency and integration of clients, and be able to work independently. Volunteers with a special interest in education, career development, or exploring activities in Baltimore may be a good fit for the youth success coach role.  

Time Commitment: Coaches commit to completing a required training, background and reference check one month prior to the start of the mentorship cohort. Coaches commit to attending each weekly session for ten weeks on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings from 5:45-8:15pm. The session includes a short group activitiy and individual break-out rooms where coaches meet with mentees.

  • Fall cohorts run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from October to December.
  • Spring cohorts run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from February to April.
  • Summer cohorts run on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from June to August.

Location: mentorships curretly take place remotely during a weekly session on Zoom. The IRC will determine if and when in-person activities may resume. Coaches located in the Baltimore area are preferred. 

How to Apply: all prospective volunteers must first attend one of our monthly information sessions: RSVP here. Following the session, prospective coaches will need to complete a youth success coach training and an application and background check.

Read more from recent coaches and mentees: see Apoline's story and Ahmad's story!