volunteer with rep!
We would love to see you at REP walking alongside refugees with us!
Please check out our volunteer opportunities below, and the fill out our volunteer application HERE.
What? Volunteers work with youth in grades PK – 12 on homework assignments, academic skill development, social and emotional learning, and on some days art, music, or other fun activities. (Once-per-week commitment is preferred, but not required.)
When? Pre-K to 12th grade meet Monday – Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00.
Where? Pre-K to 5th grade meet at 258 North Merton Street. 6th – 8th grade meet at St. Mary’s at 700 Poplar Avenue.
Why? Refugee students are placed in grades according to age, not skill level. They are eager to succeed and catch up to their peers, and volunteer support is vital for them!
BELLA Pre-K Program
What? Volunteers help toddlers prepare emotionally and academically to enter pre-K and/or Kindergarten. (Once per week commitment is required.)
When? Monday-Thursday from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Why? Attending a full school day is a big transition for little people. BELLA helps toddlers get ready to love school and succeed in the classroom with a focus on socio-emotional skills, routines, table-time, and more!
STARS Literacy Program
What? Volunteers help youth develop both literacy skills and a passion for reading in one-on-one and small group reading sessions. (Requires a once-per-week commitment.)
When and Where? Monday - Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the North Merton Street location.
Why? Refugee students are eager to learn English! Building reading and communication skills helps them become and stay active, engaged students.
Creative writing workshops for middle school students (Fridays from 1:30 - 3:00pm)
ACT preparedness for high school students (Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00pm)
Administrative support (Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Group cleanups or read-ins
Community gatherings, etc.
What? Volunteers may instruct, assist, and/or substitute in one of three programs: 1) English language classes (ESOL); 2) digital literacy classes; or 3) citizenship preparedness. (Once-per-week commitment is required. Lesson plans and materials are provided for teachers.)
When? Monday - Thursday from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday - Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Why? English language fluency, digital literacy, and citizenship knowledge is crucial to healthy cultural integration. Adults are eager to learn English and use it in their daily lives, whether on the job or at their child's school.
Summer STEAM and STARS
What? Summers at REP mean STARS (successful tutoring achieves reading scores). STEAM (science, technology, arts, and mathematics), and plenty of fun!
When? 8 weeks during summer from June - August
Why? Summer break is a great time to focus on skills that are important for academic and life success. During this time, students also give input on the activities, topics, and creative endeavors they want to explore. No summer learning loss here!
What? Volunteers meet weekly with specific youth to develop relationships, offer guidance and support, communicate about important topics, and have fun together!
When? Please contact Staff@REPMemphis.org for more details on becoming a Kupanda mentor. (Please note, a previous volunteer history is required.)
Why? Building a new life in an unfamiliar country is a daunting task. Refugee youth thrive when they have the care, support and attention of local volunteers like you.
What? Volunteers nurture, care for, and interact with little ones while their parents learn English, practice digital literacy, or prepare for the citizenship exam.
When? Monday – Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and again from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Why? Free nursery care helps parents who want to learn valuable skills in REP’s adult education programs. A nurturing and enriching environment helps stimulate infant growth and ease the burden of separation anxiety.