The Next Generation
Refugee and immigrant kids face the unique challenges of adjusting to a new school system and educational expectations, while also trying to reestablish a sense of community and rootedness in a new culture. World Relief Seattle actively prepares refugee and immigrant children for a successful school experience and long-term cognitive and socio-emotional development by working with them and their families.
Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds
Must be willing to work with English language learners
Previous experience working with refugee/immigrant and/or low-income communities preferred
Some experience teaching/tutoring and/or working with youth preferred
Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
Ability to work independently
Flexible, outgoing, and reliable
Must attend World Relief volunteer training
Consistently log volunteer hours
All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, complete an application, and undergo a background checks before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles.
Refugee Youth Summer Camp
Returning Summer 2019
World Relief Seattle’s goal for the summer program is to create a supportive community for refugee children and youth who share the experience of moving to a new country and the challenges of adjusting to a new school, language, and culture. The summer program will focus on helping the refugee youth improve their language, literacy, and social skills through interesting, educational and hands-on sessions. This program is for newly arrived refugee children ages K-8th grade.
Volunteers will assist World Relief staff in leading classroom activities in small groups, coordinating materials and set up, leading groups during field trips, and practicing English with the students. The summer camp is a great opportunity to be a mentor for refugee youth and participate in fun and engaging activities during the summer.
Where: Kent, WA
Time Commitment: 1-5 days/week for camp duration
Refugee youth soccer Camp
Returning Summer 2019
World Relief Seattle partnered with Soccer Without Borders and Young Life to launch our first Refugee and Immigrant Youth Soccer Camp in 2018. The program’s goal is to use soccer as a vehicle for youth empowerment, team building, ESL instruction, and encouraging healthy lifestyle practices among underserved children and youth in the Kent area. Volunteers work with newcomer immigrant and refugee youth in 1st-12th grades and serve as assistant soccer coaches, lead small group activities, and assist with general camp coordination (check-in, lunch, check-out, equipment disbursement). Most importantly, volunteers will serve as positive role models for our underserved youth!
Where: Kent, WA
Time Commitment: 5 days during camp
Soccer experience preferred but not required.
The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Be sure the check the Soccer Camp box when marking the programs in which you would like to volunteer. Please email Liz Nelson at LNelson@wr.org with volunteer questions.
Family Literacy Class
The Family Literacy class is a space for refugee parents and children ages 0-5 to come and engage in separate English lessons through age-appropriate learning activities, and also come together to practice songs, games, and activities related the lesson that parents can repeat with their children at home to promote learning for both parents and children. This class is a place to share parenting strategies, information, skills, and support that can help refugee kids and families thrive.
Volunteers assist World Relief staff in setting up the space, leading activities for the children, and assisting in the group activities with parents.
Where: Hillside Church in Kent, WA
When: Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Time Commitment: 1 day a week for four months
Low-English parents of young children can register here.
Refugee Youth and Family Night at Faith Church
World Relief is proud to partner and support Faith Church's refugee youth and family services. The Crosswalk Ministry of Faith Church seeks to support and build relationships with the refugee families of Meridian Elementary and the surrounding community. On Tuesday evenings, volunteers offer an English and homework help program that allows the entire family to attend. Childcare is provided for preschool and Kindergarten children while parents attend the English class. Middle school and high school students receive homework help.
1st through 6th grade students are divided into grade level classes. The first hour is focused on completing homework or receiving additional math and reading practice. During the last 30 minutes there is a fun time of games or crafts.
We would love to increase the number of volunteers in order to give more one on one help.
Classes meet at Faith Church, 25636 140th Ave. SE, Kent, WA 98042
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm during the school year (we follow the Kent School District calendar)
The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training. For questions or more information contact Loren or Karen Marston at firstname.lastname@example.org.