Volunteers needed to work with refugee youth!

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From: Carlson Center Date: July 11, 2012 1:57:51 PM PDT To: community_opportunities@u.washington.edu Subject: [community_opportunities] Volunteers needed to work with refugee youth!


Summer 2012


Position: Volunteer Summer Camp Assistant Location: Seattle, WA Hours: 3 classes minimum (classes are 9am- 12pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from July 24th through August 16th ).

Background: The Coalition for Refugees from Burma (CRB) has been helping refugees from Burma since 2006. Established as a Mutual Assistance Association and registered 501c(3) in 2009, CRB’s goal is to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate humanitarian and social support services to improve the living conditions and quality of life of resettled refugees. CRB intentionally reaches across ethnic, religious and language barriers to foster community cohesion and build capacity.

Scope of Work: For the 2011/2012 school year, CRB has partnered with Seattle School District to provide services that will help ensure refugee youth from Burma are successful in school and beyond. This summer, CRB is planning a month long summer camp for approximately 15 refugee students currently attending school in Seattle. Students will attend classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students will focus on academics, with particular emphasis on reading, writing and math. On Thursdays, students will participate in enrichment activities or field trips to local sites. The camp will be open to students in grades K-8.

The Summer Camp program is designed for K-8 grade refugee youth and has three components: academic support, enrichment activities, and extra curricular activities. The academic support portion will be structured time focusing on building students’ English, Writing, and Math skills. The enrichment activities may include large and small group time in the areas of technology, art, and sports. Extra curricular time will include field trips to local museums and attractions.

The Summer Camp program will operate three days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will have teacher to lead the academic support curriculum. Thursdays will focus on enrichment and extra curricular activities.

Position Summary: Volunteer Summer Camp Assistants will help facilitate Math and English lessons by assisting the instructor, providing individualized and small group assistance, monitoring students progress on assignments, and participating in field trips. Volunteers will not be required to do any lesson planning. Each class will be for three hours, three times a week. Volunteers will be expected to commit to volunteering for at least three classes. (Volunteers will be provided access to a calendar and asked to sign up for shifts).

Essential Job Functions:

· Tutor refugee youth in pre-identified academic subjects: tutoring strategies should focus on increasing student comprehension, building academic skills, and be results-oriented. · Instruct and facilitate individual, pair and small group work. · Implement interactive, learner-centered methodologies into instruction. · Provide feedback to Lead Teacher and Programs Manager on individual student progress and/or struggles on a consistent basis. · Attend Summer Camp program team meetings. · Abide by all of CRB’s established protocols, codes of conduct and procedures. · Give extra support to refugee clients, as necessary.

Position requirements:

· Prior experience tutoring youth (particularly K-8) desired (experienced teachers encouraged to apply). · Comfort working with refugees from a variety of backgrounds, including those with limited formal education and/or literacy skills. · Ability to adapt to changing situations; to be comfortable teaching in a multi-level classroom. · Confidence facilitating educational activities with individuals or small groups. · Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. · Ability to commit to volunteering for three classes. · Participation in a volunteer orientation prior to beginning volunteer service required. · Background check and fingerprinting is required by Seattle Public School (at no cost to the volunteer).

To apply for this position, please send resume and statement of interest to volunteer@allburmarefugees.org .

Coalition for Refugees from Burma promotes the self-sufficiency of all resettled refugees by helping them access services and educational opportunities while preserving traditional customs.


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