The Refugee Youth Project relies on the dedication and compassion of reliable community volunteers and partners to create a safe, welcoming space for refugee youth to learn, grow, and integrate.

For the 2017-2018 school year, RYP has space for 30-50 volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the following allocations:

  • Community volunteers (5 to 10 volunteers – Tuesdays/Thursdays)
  • Johns Hopkins University (5 to 7 volunteers – Tuesdays/Thursdays)
  • Archbishop Curley (6 to 8 volunteers, 1 to 2 advisors) – Tuesdays only
  • Notre Dame Prep (6 to 8 volunteers, 1 to 2 advisors – Tuesdays/Thursdays)
  • Institute of Notre Dame volunteers (6 to 8 volunteers, 1 to 2 advisors – Thursdays only)

Overview

 

Moravia Elementary School

Tuesdays and Thursdays

3:30-5:45 pm

Site Coordinator: Daniel Solomon

Address: 6201 Frankford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206

Location: LOWER BUILDING – 2nd floor Cafeteria

Fall Semester (A179): 10 weeks

Start date:

  • Tuesday, October 3

No program:

  • Thursday, October 19
  • Tuesday, November 21
  • Thursday, November 23

End date:

  • Thursday, December 14

Spring Semester (A181): 13 weeks

Start date:

  • Tuesday, January 30

No program:

  • Tuesday, March 27
  • Thursday, March 29

End date:

  • Thursday, May 3

 

Volunteer Position Description

Community members serve as after-school program volunteers at Moravia Park Elementary School and help Kindergarten to 6th-grade students with homework assignments, basic skills, English practice, and more. Tutors work one-on-one with students or manage small groups of youth based on subject matter or grade level.

Approximately 60-80 students attend RYP each day after their school day ends. They sign in, receive supper, work with volunteers (40 minutes), and attend a class taught by a certified ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher (40 minutes). They enjoy 20 minutes of recreational activity at the end of the day, prior to receiving safe transportation home on an RYP-provided school bus. Select students also attend art classes taught by MICA’s Community Arts Collaborative AmeriCorps member.

After-school programming takes place in the cafeteria of Moravia Elementary School’s Lower Building. RYP maintains a low student to adult ratio with the help of local volunteers. Volunteers come from a variety of places, including students from Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame Prep, Institute of Notre Dame, and Archbishop Curley School, along with individuals from the local Baltimore community. All tutors are supervised by an RYP staff member while on site.

  • Assist refugee students with homework, school projects, study skills, class review, and other assignments as necessary
  • Practice English with students; mentor and motivate youth towards self-sufficiency
  • Serve as positive role models and build meaningful relationships with students
  • Work with BCCC staff, volunteers, and school personnel to accomplish program objectives
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • Reliable, open-minded, flexible, proactive, and patient
  • Willing to learn about resettlement and refugee issues
  • Willing to learn about cross-cultural communication and ethnic backgrounds of clients
  • Commitment to working with youth
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • Ability to speak refugee language (Arabic, Tigrinya, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Swahili) a bonus!
  • Must submit a volunteer application form to RYP and complete Moravia’s Volunteer Application and Agreement Forms
  • Must be fingerprinted through Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Human Resources (free)
  • Must attend an orientation (for all new volunteers during the 2017-18 academic year)
  • Must commit to volunteering 2 hours per week for at least one semester
  • Must register for a non-credit course as part of BCCC at your initial orientation (see below)
About Volunteer Participation in BCCC’s Non-Credit Courses

About Volunteer Participation in BCCC’s Non-Credit Courses:

The Refugee Youth Project is part of Baltimore City Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division. To participate in RYP’s programming, volunteers are required to enroll in a non-credit course by completing a “Non-Credit Registration & Add/Drop Form.” Non-credit course grades are determined by volunteer attendance. “S” grades are given for 70% attendance and above, and “U” grades will be given for less than 69% attendance. Ongoing participation for volunteers who have less than 49% attendance will be discussed between the RYP Coordinator, RYP Site Coordinator, RYP Volunteer Specialist, the partner coordinating volunteers (if applicable), and or the volunteer him/herself.

How to Apply

New Community Volunteers
To volunteer at Moravia Elementary School for the first time:

STEP ONE: Fill out an application form online

STEP TWO: Get a background check through Baltimore City Public Schools

  • Visit Moravia Park Elementary School’s Upper Building (6201 Frankford Avenue) to obtain paperwork to start the background check process. Please call the school in advance at (410) 396-9096 to ensure that Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts can meet with you. If you are unable to complete this step prior to orientation (step 3), you can visit the school office on the day of orientation at 3:30 pm. 
    • Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts will give you a Background Check Authorization Form that will allow you to receive a free background check through Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Human Resources. You will need to wait 5 days between visiting the school and visiting North Avenue.
  • Take the Background Check Authorization Form with you to the BCPS Central Office (they do not take reservations but please call ahead for hours).

200 E North Ave, Room 120

Baltimore, MD 21215

410-396-8885

  • Email RYP again when you have completed these steps. You should receive the results of your background check in the mail. You are not allowed to volunteer unless you have completed this step – get it done ASAP!

STEP THREE: Attend orientation

  • Attend one of our volunteer orientations on the day you’ll commit to for the rest of the semester – MANDATORY! Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements. We’ll hold orientations during the first 2 days of programming for all new volunteers: 
    • Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00-6:00 pm (please come at 3:30 if you haven’t yet done the background check process)
    • Thursday, February 1 from 4:00-6:00 pm (please come at 3:30 pm if you haven’t yet done the background check process with Moravia)
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!

Please reach out to Camille Wathne, Volunteer Specialist, at camille@refugeeyouthproject.org or (410) 558-3258 with any questions.

Johns Hopkins University Volunteers

STEP ONE: Contact Refugee Action Project’s Executive Team at rypjhu@gmail.com and Camille with RYP at camille@refugeeyouthproject.org

STEP TWO: Fill out an application form online

STEP THREE: Get a background check through Baltimore City Public Schools

If you have your own transportation:

  • Visit Moravia Park Elementary School’s Upper Building (6201 Frankford Avenue) to obtain paperwork to start the background check process. Please call the school in advance at (410) 396-9096 to ensure that Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts can meet with you. If you are unable to complete this step prior to orientation (step 3), you can visit the school office on the day of orientation at 3:30 pm.
    • Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts will give you a Background Check Authorization Form that will allow you to receive a free background check through Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Human Resources. You will need to wait 3-5 days between visiting the school and visiting North Avenue.
  • Take the Background Check Authorization Form with you to the BCPS Central Office (they do not take reservations but please call ahead for hours).

200 E North Ave, Room 120

Baltimore, MD 21215

(410) 396-8885

  • Email RYP again when you have completed these steps. You should receive the results of your background check in the mail. You are not allowed to volunteer unless you have completed this step – get it done ASAP!

If you need transportation through JHU:

  • JHU will coordinate transportation to Moravia Park Elementary on Tuesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 15th at 3:00 pm to complete the required paperwork for background checks. Note: You will still need to be fingerprinted at North Ave. (address listed above) as soon as possible. Please contact rypjhu@gmail.com if you need assistance with coordination.

STEP FOUR: Attend orientation

  • Attend one of our volunteer orientations – this step is MANDATORY! Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements. We’ll hold orientations during the first 2 days of programming for all new volunteers:
    • Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00-6:00 pm (please come at 3:30 pm if you haven’t yet done the background check process with Moravia)
    • Thursday, February 1 from 4:00-6:00 pm (please come at 3:30 pm if you haven’t yet done the background check process with Moravia)
    • If you cannot attend either of these orientation dates, we will have a JHU-specific orientation on campus on Saturday, February 17th at 4:30 pm.
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!

Please reach out to Camille Wathne, Volunteer Specialist, at camille@refugeeyouthproject.org or (410) 558-3258 with any questions.

Notre Dame Prep, Institute of Notre Dame, and Archbishop Curley

STEP ONE: Contact your school’s service coordinator to let him/her know you’re interested

  • Notre Dame Prep: Mr. Pomplon and Ms. Majchrzak
  • Institute of Notre Dame: Ms. Cooney
  • Archbishop Curley: Mr. Pressimone and Ms. Kangas

The service coordinator will confirm your placement/day and sign you up for orientation on the first day of program, pending space availability and commitment

STEP TWO: Fill out an application form online

STEP THREE: Attend orientation

  • Attend one of our volunteer orientations on the day you’ll commit to for the rest of the semester – MANDATORY! Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements. We’ll hold orientations during the first 2 days of programming for all new volunteers:
    • Tuesday, January 30 from 4:00-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, February 1 from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!