After-School Program Volunteers


What does an After-School Volunteer do?

The primary role for volunteers at each of the Refugee Youth Project’s after-school program locations is to work one-on-one or with small groups of refugee students to increase assignment completion rates.

Volunteers also work with youth to increase their vocabulary and basic math skills, review class materials, build effective study habits, and prepare them for upcoming tests. Volunteers might help students with reading, school projects, and college or job applications; they may bond over playing a board game or doing art together.

No matter what the activity is, our students always benefit from having a caring team of volunteers that spend time helping them succeed.

All volunteers assist students in a group setting alongside local partner organizations and community members. Each program location is staffed by at least one RYP teacher and has a unique schedule and program options based on the age range and interests of the refugee student population served.




Where We Work (2017-2018)


Moravia Park Elementary School


Patterson High School

Program Locations and Descriptions

Moravia Park Elementary School
Moravia Park Elementary School is located at 6201 Frankford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21206. This is in the Moravia/Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore, which is about 5 miles from downtown. Approximately 30-50 volunteers work here each semester, from Loyola University Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Institute of Notre Dame, Towson University, Archbishop Curley, and local workplaces. Volunteer help students in Kindergarten through 5th grade with homework, English language practice, reading, and basic math. Moravia is RYP’s largest after-school site, serving more than 55 youth from DR Congo, Eritrea, Syria, and Sudan. This site is a good choice for energetic volunteers that like younger kids!
Patterson High School
Patterson High School is located at 100 Kane St, Baltimore, MD 21224. This site is in East Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Bayview and is held in a classroom at the school. Volunteers help students in 9th-12th grades complete their homework assignments, finish school projects, practice English, and prepare for college. Many tutors here come from Loyola University Maryland, Goucher College, or are working professionals. While the homework subject levels are more advanced, tutors tend to work more one-on-one with individuals. We have students from DR Congo, Eritrea, Syria, and Sudan at this site—some attend Patterson High School and others travel from other local schools to receive help from caring RYP volunteers.


Great question! It depends on a few things...

Your schedule

Will you be available at the same time that we host our after-school programs during the school year?

Here is our schedule for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Moravia: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45 pm
  • Patterson: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:15 pm

Your affiliation

We work with many sources of consistent volunteers, including Loyola University Maryland’s Center for Community Service and Justice, the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Shriver Center, Johns Hopkins University’s Refugee Action Project, Towson University, Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Institute of Notre Dame, Goucher College, and Archbishop Curley High School —so your site placement may depend on a pre-determined arrangement if you attend one of these institutions, especially if you are dependent on a school’s transportation resources to come to our program.

If you’re not a student at one of these schools, that’s not a problem at all–you have more flexibility with where you can volunteer.


Your location and interests

There’s no need to drive a long distance to get to your volunteer service! We prefer if you volunteer at a site that’s convenient to where you live.

Also, we’d like you to volunteer at the program that fits your interests in terms of what student populations you’ll be working with.  If you have questions about what site would work best, don’t hesitate to get in touch by contacting us.



We need committed, dedicated volunteers who can come to our programs regularly during the school year! Volunteers must be available at least one day per week during our after-school program times and attend consistently over the course of a semester.

Since RYP’s programming schedule is largely based on the availability of university student volunteers, our programs are held for 13-15 weeks from late September to early December, and from late January to early May.

The Refugee Youth Project does not currently host any after-school programs on Fridays or weekends.


Requirements for Tutors

  • Must be in high school or above
  • Pass a fingerprint-supported state/federal background check if age 18 or older
  • Attend a tutor orientation session prior to beginning service
  • Have availablity during after-school times (usually between 3:30-5:45 p.m.) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays
  • Able to commit to volunteering at least one day per week for the duration of a semester
  • Commitment to working with youth and English language learners

Desirable Qualities

  • Ability to work independently
  • Patience, creativity, and enthusiasm
  • Strong knowledge of effective behavior management is preferred for elementary tutors
  • Interest in learning about resettlement and refugee issues, including ethnic backgrounds of clients
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English

Additional fluency in a refugee language (e.g. Nepali, Tigrinya, Arabic, Burmese and/or Chin dialects, Kinyarwanda) is a bonus not required!


Here’s what to do next:

Step One:

Tell Us About You

Fill out our volunteer interest form online as completely and as accurately as possible. Submit it so we know what you’re interested in and how to get in touch with you.

Note: We typically place volunteers twice per year: in August-September and in December-January.

Step Two:

Hang tight.

We’ll be in touch with you to let you know about open opportunities.

If you attend one of our partner schools, a designated school liaison will be your main point of contact to confirm details about service, transportation, and expectations.

Step Three:

Begin Volunteering

You made it! We hope you enjoy working with our wonderful students.

If becoming a tutor doesn’t work with your schedule and interests, don’t worry! You can still get involved with the Refugee Youth Project.


Volunteering as a mentor

This program is for adults, ages 21 and over, who can spend at least 2 hours per week with a youth or siblings for a minimum of 12 months. It’s a home-based mentoring program and the times/days of the week that you meet with your mentee are flexible!

Sharing this opportunity with friends and family

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Supporting our work

Make a donation or shop in our store. Either one gives refugee youth increased opportunities in Baltimore!

Other ways to get involved

Do you have skills, time, or energy you can contribute to our program above and beyond what you see here? Perhaps you’re looking to partner with RYP as a school or as an artist, or you want to see what else is an option. Learn more about some other ways you can get involved by clicking below.