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)
  • Towson University Elementary Education class (17 to 22 student teacher interns and one professor – Tuesdays only)
  • Archbishop Curley (6 to 8 volunteers, 1 to 2 advisors) – Tuesdays only
  • Loyola University (5 to 7 volunteers – Thursdays only)
  • Notre Dame Prep (6 to 8 volunteers, 1 to 2 advisors – Thursdays only)
  • 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 AvenueBaltimore, 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 one of the following orientation dates:
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • 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) during one of the available time slots to meet with Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts and fill out Moravia’s volunteer paperwork. To make the process easier, we’ve reserved 4 sets of times you can go: http://signup.com/go/jNiXhyD
    • Time slots are:
      • September 12 between 3-4 pm
      • September 14 between 3-4 pm
      • September 19 between 3-4 pm
      • September 21 between 3-4 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 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
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!
Returning Community Volunteers

STEP ONE: Let us know!

  • Email brittany@refugeeyouthproject.org to let us know that you’d like to return.  REQUIREMENT FOR THIS YEAR: All volunteers must complete Moravia Elementary School’s volunteer forms, as well as RYP’s volunteer form. You also must obtain a background check through Baltimore City Public Schools. If you haven’t filled out an online application form already and Moravia’s volunteer forms, you will be required to do so before we confirm your a spot!

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

  • Visit Moravia Park Elementary School’s Upper Building (6201 Frankford Avenue) during one of the available time slots to meet with Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts and fill out Moravia’s volunteer paperwork. To make the process easier, we’ve reserved 4 sets of times you can go: http://signup.com/go/jNiXhyD
    • Time slots are:
      • September 12 between 3-4 pm
      • September 14 between 3-4 pm
      • September 19 between 3-4 pm
      • September 21 between 3-4 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 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
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!
Loyola Volunteers

Step One: Contact CCSJ Service Coordinators, Marin Malki and Serina Addona, at refugeesc@loyola.edu before September 15.

Step Two: Fill out the necessary forms  

Fill out RYP’s application form online – mandatory for new volunteers & returners: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/

Step Three: Orientations & Background Checks

  • Your service coordinators will forward your information to RYP and confirm your placement/day and sign you up for an on-site orientation one week before program begins
  • You’ll get a background check for BCPS through CCSJ on October 6
  • Attend one of our volunteer orientations on the day you’ll commit to for the rest of the semester – MANDATORY for new and returning volunteers! Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!
Towson University Volunteers

STEP ONE: Fill out an application form online:

  • Visit http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/ to fill out RYP’s Volunteer Application Form
  • If you’re part of Dr. Hong’s Elementary Education class, you’re all set! She has provided us with your information.
  • If you are an undergraduate or graduate student volunteer, RYP will confirm your placement/day and sign you up for one on-site orientation one week before program begins (here), pending space availability and qualifications

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

  • Visit Moravia Park Elementary School’s Upper Building (6201 Frankford Avenue) during one of the available time slots to meet with Ms. Johnson or Ms. Batts and fill out Moravia’s volunteer paperwork. To make the process easier, we’ve reserved 4 sets of times you can go: http://signup.com/go/jNiXhyD
    • Time slots are:
      • September 12 between 3-4 pm
      • September 14 between 3-4 pm
      • September 19 between 3-4 pm
      • September 21 between 3-4 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 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
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!
Johns Hopkins University Volunteers

Step One: Contact Refugee Action Project’s Executive Team at rypjhu@gmail.com

Step Two: Fill out the necessary forms  

Fill out RYP’s application form online – mandatory for new volunteers & returners: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/

Step Three: Orientations & Background Checks

  • Your service coordinators will forward your information to RYP and confirm your placement/day and sign you up for an on-site orientation one week before program begins
  • Make sure you get a background check through CSC
  • Attend one of our volunteer orientations on the day you’ll commit to for the rest of the semester – MANDATORY for new and returning volunteers! Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!
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 one on-site orientation one week before program begins (here), pending space availability and commitment

STEP TWO: Fill out an application form online:

STEP THREE:

  • 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
    • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 28 from 3:30-6:00 pm
  • Commit to volunteering for one semester!