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. Read below for more information about our programs and how to get involved with NextGen.

 

VOLUNTEER ROLES

 

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.

DETAILS:

  • Dates: September - June each year
  • Times: Monday - Thursday, 9:30am-12:20pm
  • Age: Children ages 0-5
  • Location: Currently virtual
  • Cost: Free!

REGISTRATION: Low-English parents of young children can register here

QUESTIONS about FAMILY LITERACY?  Contact Brielle Cosgrove, Next Generation Programs Coordinator, at BCosgrove@wr.org.

 

Refugee Youth Summer Academy

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. Summer camp focuses on helping the refugee youth improve their language, literacy, and social skills through interesting, educational and hands-on sessions.

DETAILS:

  • Dates: 5 weeks in July and August, 2021 dates TBD
  • Times: Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
  • Grades: K-8
  • Location: Virtual/TBD
  • Cost: Free!

REGISTRATION: Registration for next year will open in early 2021. 

QUESTIONS about CAMP? Contact Brielle Cosgrove, Next Generation Programs Coordinator, at BCosgrove@wr.org. Check back in the spring for more information about volunteering with Summer Academy.

 

refugee & Immigrant Youth Soccer Camp

World Relief Seattle partners with Soccer Without Borders to host a yearly soccer camp for refugee and immigrant youth, grades K-12. 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.

DETAILS:

  • Dates: 1 week in August, 2021 dates TBD
  • Times: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2pm
  • Grades: K-12
  • Location: TBD
  • Cost: Free!

Check back in the spring for more information about volunteering at Soccer Camp.

 

become a family support volunteer: 

As the pandemic continues, refugee and immigrant families are navigating a variety of challenges such as increased financial burdens, food insecurity, and supporting their children through online education and schoolwork.  Students with refugee backgrounds are already more likely to fall behind due to previous interruptions in their education from war and displacement, lack of access to technology, and the demands of learning in a new language and a different school system. The pandemic threatens to increase this learning gap, and parents have asked for resources, tools, and community connections to help their kids thrive academically.  
 
Our goal is to connect each refugee and immigrant family with a supportive volunteer who comes alongside and helps navigate the challenges of this online school year. This might include practicing English, listening to concerns, supporting and encouraging their goals, connecting families to resources, facilitating learning activities, and building a friendship. In a season where we all need connection, this is an opportunity to offer tangible support and share resources where it matters the most.  
 

Volunteer Cohort Schedule: 

  • Volunteers are onboarded and matched with families each quarter in October, January, April, and July

  • Volunteers will work in pairs (from separate households) to support their assigned family

  • Commit to 3 months minimum, with the possibility to continue if desired

  • Volunteers can express interest and apply at any time in anticipation of the next cohort start date  

Responsibilities: 

  • Commit to supporting a family by connecting with them 1-2x a week for three months (virtually, for the foreseeable future)

  • Assist the family however able with academic studies, English tutoring, tech support/literacy, social-emotional encouragement, and friendship. World Relief staff will provide training, community with other volunteers, and on-demand support (no need for you to be an expert, just willing to help and learn!)

  • Serve as a liaison between World Relief and the family, helping to pass along resources and opportunities from staff, as well as communicating family needs and requests back to the Next Gen Coordinator

Requirements: 

  • Sensitivity and openness to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds 

  • High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility 

  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation prior to starting 

  • Record and report volunteer hours, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation 

  • Pass Federal Background Check and driving record check (if applicable) 

  • Clear time and space in your schedule for your commitment 

Next Steps:

1. The first step is to fill out a volunteer application and undergo a background check. Be sure to indicate “Youth Programs” as your interest area on the application. (Required for new volunteers and returning volunteers who have not submitted an application in over a year. Background checks must also be renewed yearly.)

2. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training. 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. (All new World Relief volunteers are required to attend.)

QUESTIONS about VOLUNTEERING? Contact Angela Luchko, Volunteer Coordinator, at ALuchko@wr.org.

 

NextGen wishlist

We are consistently in need of supplies and funds to make our programs happen. If you are interested in partnering with us in this way, please review our current needs. All donations are tax-deductible.

  • Funds: Gift cards and financial support allow us valuable flexibility in securing resources for our programs at this time:

    • Click here to make a financial donation. Or, mail a check to World Relief Seattle. (Add “NextGen” to the memo.) 

    • Click here to purchase an Amazon gift card, which can be mailed to our office with a note indicating it is for NextGen.

  • Technology: At most, many families in our network have one shared computer with limited capabilities that must support multiple students’ needs. To purchase a laptop, click here. To donate a laptop (in good condition), contact us.  

  • NextGen Wishlist: Check out our Amazon Wishlist to donate specific items needed for our programs and services. (Check out the comments to find out which program each item is intended for.)

  • General School/Art Supplies: To support Next Generation families via back-to-school kits, click here.