Volunteer with us at our High School Program! (2017-2018)

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 at Patterson, RYP has space for 15-30 volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays under the following allocations:

  • Community volunteers (5 to 10 volunteers – Tuesdays/Thursdays)
  • Loyola University (5 to 7 volunteers – Tuesdays/Thursdays)
  • Goucher College (5 to 7 volunteers – Tuesdays/Thursdays)

Overview

 

RYP @ Patterson High School

Tuesdays and Thursdays

3:45-5:15 pm

Site Coordinator: TBA

(2017-2018)

Address: 100 Kane Street

Baltimore, MD 21224

Program Location: TBD

Fall Semester (A179): 9 weeks

Start date:

  • Tuesday, October 10

No program:

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

End date:

  • Thursday, December 14

Spring Semester (A181): 12 weeks

Start date:

  • Tuesday, February 6

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 Patterson High School and assist 13-20 year old students with homework assignments, school projects, basic skills, English practice, and more. Tutors work one-on-one with students or manage small groups of youth based on subject matter (e.g. math, history, science, reading).

Approximately 15-30 students attend RYP each day – the majority attend Patterson High School but some come from surrounding area schools to receive homework assistance. Many students are brand new to the US; others have been here for longer. Your role as a volunteer may be different depending on the composition of students that attend programming. A typical day at RYP includes announcements/attendance and a group icebreaker followed by tutoring. Students receive safe transportation home on an RYP-provided school bus at the end of the day.

After-school program volunteers help in a classroom setting alongside service-learning students from Loyola University, Goucher College, and individuals from the local Baltimore community. All tutors are supervised by a certified ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher 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 PHS Volunteer Application forms
  • Must be fingerprinted through Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Human Resources (free)
  • Must attend one of the following orientation dates:
    • Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm
    • Thursday, October 5 from 4:00-6:00 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

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 Patterson High School for the first time

Step One: Fill out the necessary forms

  1. Fill out RYP’s application form online: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/
  2. Fill out Patterson High School’s forms:
    1. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Agreement
    2. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Application
  3. Scan/return PHS’ forms documents via email to volunteer@refugeeyouthproject.org, along with a picture or scan of your Driver’s License, State ID, or student ID.
  4. 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
    1. Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm
    2. Thursday, October 5 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Step Two: Get a Baltimore City Public Schools volunteer background check (free of charge)

  1. RYP’s Volunteer Specialist will forward these documents to Nancy Gallo, Assistant to the Principal at Patterson, to initiate the background check process for Baltimore City Public Schools.  
    1. Once Ms. Gallo processes your paperwork, you will receive a background check authorization form that verifies that you can be fingerprinted at Baltimore City Public Schools’ Central Office.
  2. 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

  1. 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 – MANDATORY

  1. Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements
  2. Commit to volunteering for one semester!
Returning Community Volunteers

Step One: Let us know!

  1. Email volunteer@refugeeyouthproject.org to let us know that you’d like to return. REQUIREMENT FOR THIS YEAR: All volunteers must complete Patterson High School’s forms and obtain a background check through Baltimore City Public Schools. If you haven’t filled out RYP’s online application form already and Patterson High School’s volunteer forms, you will be required to do so before we confirm your spot!
    1. Fill out RYP’s application form online: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/
    2. Fill out Patterson High School’s forms:

Step Three:  Attend one of our volunteer orientations – MANDATORY

  1. Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements
  2. 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 23.

Step Two: Fill out the necessary forms

  1. Fill out RYP’s application form online: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/
  2. Fill out Patterson High School’s forms:
    1. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Agreement
    2. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Application
  3. Scan/return PHS’ forms documents via email to refugeesc@loyola.edu, along with a picture or scan of your Driver’s License, State ID, or student ID.
  4. 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 (here), pending space availability and needs
    1. Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm
    2. Thursday, October 5 from 4:00-6:00 pm
  5. You will be fingerprinted for a background check by Baltimore City Schools in CCSJ on Friday, October 6. The CCSJ Service Coordinators will coordinate your appointments.
Goucher Volunteers

Step One: Contact Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum at brrap002@mail.goucher.edu and Isabelle Turner at istur001@mail.goucher.edu before September 23.

Step Two: Fill out the necessary forms

  1. Fill out RYP’s application form online: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/
  2. Fill out Patterson High School’s forms:
    1. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Agreement
    2. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Application
  3. Scan/return PHS’ forms via email to Brett and Isabelle, along with a picture or scan of your Driver’s License, State ID, or student ID.
  4. 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 (here), pending space availability and needs
    1. Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm
    2. Thursday, October 5 from 4:00-6:00 pm
  5. You will be fingerprinted for a background check by Baltimore City Schools in CCSJ on Friday, October 6. The CCSJ Service Coordinators will coordinate your appointments.
UMBC Volunteers

Step One: Contact Eloise Grose at the Shriver Center at elgrose1@umbc.edu before September 23.

Step Two: Fill out the necessary forms

  1. Fill out RYP’s application form online: http://www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-form/
  2. Fill out Patterson High School’s forms:
    1. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Agreement
    2. Patterson High School’s Volunteer Application
  3. Scan/return PHS’ forms documents via email to brittany@refugeeyouthproject.org and elgrose1@umbc.edu , along with a picture or scan of your Driver’s License, State ID, or student ID.
  4. RYP/UMBC will confirm your placement/day and sign you up for an on-site orientation one week before program begins (here), pending space availability and needs
    1. Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00-6:00 pm
    2. Thursday, October 5 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Step Three: Get a Baltimore City Public Schools volunteer background check (free of charge)

  1. RYP’s Volunteer Specialist will forward your ID documents to Nancy Gallo, Assistant to the Principal at Patterson, to initiate the background check process for Baltimore City Public Schools.  
    1. Once Ms. Gallo processes your paperwork, you will receive a background check authorization form that verifies that you can be fingerprinted at Baltimore City Public Schools’ Central Office.
  2. 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/UMBC 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 – MANDATORY

  1. Fill out our BCCC Non-Credit Registration Form and sign volunteer agreements
  2. Commit to volunteering for one semester!

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