“My name is Amrita and I’m 17 years old. I’m from Nepal and came to the US in March 2013. This summer, I liked the way how teachers managed the time for YouthWorkers on learning how to apply for college, financial literacy, resumes, and interviews. My best memory is that will be in my mind is playing with kids and helping with teachers. I learned a lot from this program. I would like to thank Ms. Brittany for this wonderful opportunity. I will going to miss each of you. Thank you a lot.”

Amrita R.

“My name is Makda and I’m 17 years old. I’m from Ethiopia and came to the US in June 2015. This summer was really fun and great time. The kids was really good. It feels good to spend time with these kids and I learned a lot of stuff from the kids, for example, most of the kids spoke different languages and I learned how to say “hey” by different languages. My favorite memory was when we went to the beach with the kids.”

Makda T.

“My name is Eyerusalem and I’m 19 years old. I’m from Ethiopia and came to the US in March 2014. This summer, I worked in RYP summer school. I had a really good experience. Working with kids was really fun and it taught me how to be patient. My favorite memory was when went to the beach with my coworkers and the kids. My coworkers were really friendly. Also, my supervisors were nice and they made me witness how good they’re being a leader. The other thing I like about this job was that I improved my communication skills. I highly recommend this worksite.”

Eyerusalem H.

“My name is Dilu and I’m 17 years old. I’m from Nepal and came to the US in May 2012. This summer I like the co-workers and kids and our supervisor here. My favorite memory is that kids are really nice and we had lots of fun here. I learn about myself that how to work with kids. I learned about the kids that they were really good experience and about working I learned lots of things like how to interview coworkers. They are funny and helpful. I recommend this program to others because people can learn lots of things from here.”

Dilu S.

“My name is Nijae and I’m 17 years old. I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. This summer I learned coping skills and a little bit of communication skills to interact with others besides my family. My favorite moment was when we went to the first trip to skating where everyone was falling and enjoying themselves. What I learned from my coworkers is that they value friendship and don’t judge others. Yes, I would recommend this program to my families and friends to join next summer.”

Nijae F.

“My name is Mbuyi and I’m 18 years old. I’m from Congo and I came to the US in September 2009. This summer I liked the kids. They were amazing, funny, and friendly. I enjoyed their company. My favorite memory was when Jackie and I ran in the hallway which I wasn’t supposed to do, but it was fun. I learned about myself that I got to be on time, and I also learned from the kids that they like summer school because they also don’t want to stay at home. I learned about work that I gotta be on time and do everything and work together. I learned about my coworkers that we gotta work together and help each other with things that we don’t know how do to because that’s how you get along with them and they try to get along with each other.”

Mbuyi M.

The Refugee Youth Project proudly hosted more than 50 YouthWorkers this summer! The testimonials above came from students who worked as classroom assistants at our annual International Summer Academy for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

If you’d like to host a refugee student for a summer job in 2018, please get in touch by emailing brittany@refugeeyouthproject.org

About YouthWorks:
Each year, YouthWorks connects thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to summer jobs with private, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout Baltimore. Participants work in a variety of industries, and gain basic workforce readiness and career-specific skills. Their partners include the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, local employers, nonprofits, philanthropic contributors, the Baltimore City Foundation, and the Baltimore Workforce Development Board Youth Committee.