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 is partnering with Soccer Without Borders and Young Life to launch our first Refugee and Immigrant Youth Soccer Camp. 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 will 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.
Refugee and Immigrant After School Program
World Relief Seattle, in partnership with Mill Creek Middle school, leads an after school program for refugee and immigrant students. World Relief Staff works in collaboration with volunteers to teach a unique curriculum centered on improving English language and math skills, building social and communication skills, and learning about local culture.
Volunteers assist with leading small groups during classroom activities, providing homework help, and practicing English with students. In addition to academic support, some topics that the program has covered are: managing stress, accessing community resources, and building healthy lifestyle habits. Volunteers serve not only as a classroom support for the students, but also as mentors that help guide them through the process of acclimating to U.S. culture and navigating middle school. The after school program provides a unique opportunity to play a meaningful role in refugee youth’s lives and be part of a fun and collaborative team.
Where: Mill Creek Middle School (Kent, WA)
When: January 2nd – June 19th 2018, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm.
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
Skills and Requirements:
- 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
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.