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 volunteer or support NextGen. 


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.


  • Dates: September - June (extended through August for 2020)
  • Times: Monday - Thursday, 9:30am-12:20pm
  • Age: Children ages 0-5
  • Location: Hillside Church in Kent, WA (currently virtual)
  • Cost: Free!

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

QUESTIONS about FAMILY LITERACY? Contact Emily Black, ESL Instructor, at


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. 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.

This year, we are facing unusual circumstances as a result of the pandemic. Providing opportunities for our families and youth is vitally important to us, so we still intend to run summer programming. Our vision is to provide a fusion of virtual and in-person activities, following guidelines that indicate how many can meet together safely. Regardless, our program will involve intentional academic learning activities provided by instructors, community-building between students, integration of our community garden, and diverse growth experiences provided by community partners such as Soccer Without Borders, WSU 4H, and Kent Library. 


  • Dates: July 13th-August 14th
  • Times: Monday-Friday during the day
  • Grades: K-8
  • Location: Virtual/TBD
  • Cost: Free!

REGISTRATION: Refugee and immigrant parents can register their children for summer camp here. Registration is still open for this summer, but we are nearing our capacity for the program. 

QUESTIONS about CAMP? Contact Brielle Cosgrove, Next Generation Programs Coordinator, at


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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be hosting soccer camp as normal. Instead, Soccer Without Borders will be providing activities for our Summer Academy (see above).


volunteer with nextgen

Coronavirus update: During the Covid-19 office closure, we are supporting youth and families remotely with classes and Resources. Click here to Learn more and Lend a Hand. 



  • 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


joining the team:

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. If you are a returning volunteer and it has been over one year since you submitted an application, we would ask that you complete a new one to ensure we have the most up to date information. Additionally, background checks must be renewed yearly.

2. Think about which program/role described below might be best for you. Our staff will discuss your ideas with you and help you find the best fit for your schedule, interests, and safety concerns. 

3. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to the general volunteer training (currently virtual, offered regularly). You will get the chance 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; returning volunteers are not, if they have already done so. 

4. Summer Academy Volunteers Only: All volunteers (new or returning) must attend the virtual training specific to volunteering at summer academy: June 30th, 6:30-8:00pm. Once you've gone through the above steps, we will send you the access code to sign up here


QUESTIONS about VOLUNTEERING? Contact Angela Luchko, Volunteer Coordinator, at



Description: Volunteers assist World Relief staff in setting up the space, leading activities for the children, and assisting in the group activities with parents.

Commitment: One day per week for four months



Description: Volunteering with our summer camp is a great opportunity to be a mentor for refugee youth and participate in fun and engaging activities during the summer. 

We have carefully thought through how to best serve families and involve volunteers in this time. We are committed to ensure students, instructors, staff, and volunteers engage safely during the pandemic. We continue to follow Washington State's safety guidelines, and are able to work with volunteers based on their comfort levels of engagement. Below, we describe several options for supporting our program and families. Please consider what you feel will work best for you, in terms of your availability, interests, and desired level of contact with others. 


Role #1: Summer Academy In-Person Support

Summary: Support the academy via in-person tasks and roles (see below for possibilities).*  

*Important: Please note that certain details about our program are pending details about Washington’s phased re-opening. As a result, this volunteer role could include a variety of responsibilities, depending on whether or not small meeting groups of students are allowed. We appreciate your flexibility during this time, and will be sure to communicate details as soon as they become available. 

Commitment: Consistent, predictable availability for helping in-person with the academy. We ask that volunteers commit to one of the following:  

  • Once a week, on the same day of the week, for the duration of our program. 

  • Monday-Friday, for one week of our program.  

Timeline: July 13th-August 14th, Monday-Friday, during the day.

Possible Responsibilities:  

  • Engage with small groups of students (5 or less). This could potentially look like leading learning activities or games, facilitating trips to our community garden, providing extra support to individual students, etc. 

  • AND/OR: Assist with compiling and distributing supplies kits to families. 

  • AND/OR: Set up activities for students to participate in with a group or on their own time. 

Best Fit For: Individuals who would be comfortable meeting in person with a few other people, have access to transportation, and can commit to a regular schedule of volunteering.  


Role #2: Summer Academy Virtual Classroom Assistant

Summary: Support academy instructors and refugee youth by assisting within our virtual classrooms.  

Commitment: Consistent availability to attend virtual morning calls. We ask that volunteers commit to a predictable schedule, for example:  

  • Once a week, on the same day of the week, for the duration of our program. 

  • Every morning for one week of our program (M-F). 

  • Every morning for 5 weeks.

Timeline: July 13th-August 14th, Monday-Friday, during the day.


  • Assist with the facilitation of virtual class calls, as directed by summer academy instructors (for example, leading break-out discussion groups or providing additional support to individual students). 

  • If needed, help instructors with brainstorming lesson activities.  

Best Fit For: Individuals who have a background in teaching/tutoring, lesson planning, or working with kids (not required), who have significant morning availability, and who are most comfortable limiting contact with people. 


VOLUNTEER as a nextgen family companion: 

Summary: Connect and provide learning support to a Next Generation family (those with students registered for Refugee Youth Summer Academy 2020, or who have participated in past summer programming).

Note: Volunteers paired with camp 2020 students may receive additional activity recommendations to compliment academy programming.  

Commitment: Meet 1-2x/week for about an hour (beginning virtually via WhatsApp; option to meet in person when safe to do so). We ask volunteers to consider a commitment of at least 3 months to meet with new refugee friends. 

Timeline: We are pairing volunteers and families on a rolling basis throughout spring and summer. 


  • Connect with a family for friendship and English practice.

  • Assist as able with school assignments and learning activities for families. World Relief staff will provide activity ideas and support. (No need for you to be an expert, just willing to help!) 

  • Serve as a liaison between World Relief and the family, helping to communicate and pass along resources as appropriate.  

Best Fit For: Individuals who are interested in creating personal connections with refugee families and have regular weekly availability. Skills such as teaching/tutoring and experience working with kids or English language learners are quite helpful, but not required for this role, where friendship is the #1 priority. 

During COVID-19, connections will be virtual only, so this role is an especially good fit for those who prefer to stay at home for the coming weeks. 


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: 

  • Funds: Gift cards and financial support allow us valuable flexibility in securing resources for our program. Utilizing brand new items helps us save precious time sorting through donations, and stops the spread of germs in this unusual time. All donations are tax-deductible. 

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

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

  • Technology: We are especially in need of laptops to afford our families the chance to connect virtually with teachers, volunteers, support figures, and World Relief staff. At most, many families in our network have one shared computer with limited capabilities that must support multiple students’ learning needs. To purchase a laptop, click here. To donate a laptop (in good condition), contact us.  

  • Summer Academy Curriculum Materials: We have partnered with a variety of experts to develop a high-quality curriculum to provide our students. In order to implement this, we are in search of several specific materials. Check out our Amazon Wishlist to find out what we are looking for (check out the comments to find out which program each item is intended for).  

  • General School/Art Supplies: General supplies such as notebooks, art supplies, and high-quality books offer much-needed learning support to families who do not have access to these resources. To support Next Generation families via learning kits, click here and download the back-to-school kit list.