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.
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 - July
- Times: Monday - Thursday, 9:30am-12:20pm
- Age: Children ages 0-5
- Location: Hillside Church in Kent, WA
- Cost: Free!
REGISTRATION: Low-English parents of young children can register here. We are hosting our program virtually for the remainder of the year.
QUESTIONS? Contact Emily Black, ESL Instructor, at EBlack@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. 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: 5 weeks in July and August
- 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, so please reserve spots for your students. We will contact families soon with an update about how our program will look this year in the midst of COVID-19.
QUESTIONS? Contact Brielle Cosgrove, Next Generation Programs Coordinator, at BCosgrove@wr.org.
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
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.
2. Think about which 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, safety concerns, and interests.
3. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training. All volunteers are required to attend the training. 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.
QUESTIONS? Contact Angela Luchko, Volunteer Coordinator, at ALuchko@wr.org.
VOLUNTEER with FAMILY LITERACY Class:
Description: Volunteers assist World Relief staff in setting up the space, leading activities for the children, and assisting in the group activities with parents.
Time Commitment: One day per week for four months
Note: Our class is about to wrap up for this year, so we will not be accepting new volunteers for this position at this time.
VOLUNTEER WITH SUMMER ACADEMY:
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: Next Generation Family Companion (Virtual)
Summary: Engage virtually with a Next Generation family to provide connection and learning support.
Commitment: Meet via WhatsApp video calls 1-2x/week for about an hour.
Timeline: We are accepting volunteers for this role immediately, in order to support families over the remainder of the spring. We hope to find volunteers who can commit to this relationship for several months, ideally through September (or beyond!).
Assist as able with English practice, school assignments (if applicable), and learning activities for families involved with Next Generation programs. World Relief staff will provide direction, activity ideas, and personalized 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 details and pass along resources as appropriate.
Note: Students participating in the summer academy may benefit from volunteer support that compliments camp programming; individuals who are working with these families may receive additional recommendations.
Best Fit For: Individuals who would prefer to provide virtual - rather than in-person – support, who are interested in creating personal connections with refugee families, and have regular weekly availability of at least an hour. Skills such as teaching/tutoring and experience working with English language learners or children are very helpful, but are not required to be in this role, where friendship and connection are the number one priority.
Role #2: Summer Academy Classroom Volunteer (Virtual)
Summary: Support academy instructors and refugee youth by assisting within our virtual classrooms.
Commitment: Consistent, predictable availability to attend virtual morning calls. 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.
Every morning for one week of our program (M-F).
Timeline: The Academy will begin in early-mid July, and run for 5 weeks. Stay tuned for specific dates and times!
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.
Role #3: Summer Academy Support (In-Person)
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: The Academy will begin in early-mid July, and run for 5 weeks. We plan to provide programming for students every day, Monday-Friday, during the day. Stay tuned for specific dates and times!
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.
resources & supplies support
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.
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.