Classroom Assistant/In-School Tutoring Program

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Refugee Youth Project is piloting a small program to leverage our volunteer base in support of refugee students in Baltimore City Public Schools.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: We are seeking tutors to help limited English proficiency students during the school day so they can catch up to their peers more quickly.  Tutors will be matched with classroom teachers or be assigned to particular students, based on their site preference and/or skill set.  Either assist teachers during class time and help differentiate material to support struggling students, or pull out small groups for review to facilitate basic skill acquisition!

When: Flexible during school hours, at least one time per week.


  • Patterson High School, 100 Kane St., Baltimore, MD 21224. Can be Mondays through Fridays between 8:45 am and 3:35 pm for 2-3 class periods. Students are from Bhutan, Iraq, Eritrea, Syria, Sudan, and Congo at this site. There are also many Spanish speakers at this school.
  • Beechfield Elementary School, 301 S Beechfield Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229.  Can be Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 am and 2:40 pm for two 45-minute sessions. Students are Syrian, Sudanese, and Liberian.


  • Commit to tutoring weekly throughout at least one semester of the school year
  • Be able to pass a background check


  • Patience and willingness to work with students with limited English proficiency and/or interrupted formal education
  • Ability to creatively teach concepts or differentiate materials for students
  • Willingness to learn about refugees and resettlement

You do not need to speak another language to be a tutor! However, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Tigrinya, and Spanish are very helpful to our students.

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Our Volunteer Specialist will contact you for the next steps if you seem like a good match!