Youth Tutor: New Arrivals

Name of agency and statement of purpose:  The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to enhance the quality of life for Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota by assisting refugees to settle, integrate and become increasingly self-sufficient while fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.

Title: Youth Tutor: New Arrivals

Purpose/objective: KOM is part of a cohort of agencies working with new arrival youth and families through the Youth & Family Coach Program. KOM coordinates tutoring for K-12 students enrolled in the Youth & Family Coach program for KOM and four partner organizations: Afghan Cultural Society, GAP (Guadalupe Alternative Programs), Oromo Community of Minnesota, and Confederation of Somali Community In Minnesota. Youth in the program have been in the U.S. for under five years.

*Due to COVID-19, we require masks to be worn by all volunteers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help K-12 students with homework one-on-one or with their siblings
    • Homework subjects vary by student, but include general elementary, middle school, and high school subjects (English reading and writing, History, Math, Science)
    • Encourage students to practice study skills
  • Practice English reading, writing, or conversation with students who have limited English proficiency
    • Languages spoken by students in the Youth & Family Coach program: Somali, Amharic, Oromo, Pashto, Dari, Karen, Karenni, and Ukrainian.

Time commitment: Available to tutor at least 2 hours/week during the afternoon or evening. Tutoring times are available after 3:00pm or 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, depending on the program.

Location: Tutoring options both in-person and virtual. Tutors will meet with students in-person at a local library or other nearby public space in the Twin Cities area. For virtual tutoring, tutors will meet online with students via Google Meet.

Qualifications: Patient, flexible and self-motivated college students or adults who have a passion to tutor K-12 students with limited English proficiency. Experience working with new arrivals of various backgrounds is beneficial.

Measures: Volunteers are required to report their volunteer times to the staff coordinator for their program and notify the coordinator of any absences.

Benefits: The tutor has the opportunity to grow their tutoring skills for students with limited English proficiency and enhance their cross-cultural communication skills.

How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s Volunteer Application online or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will complete an interview to discuss their availability and interest in tutoring. Then they will be required to attend a volunteer tutoring orientation led by KOM, and will then be connected with the program coordinator.

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