volunteer with rep!
REP offers many different volunteer opportunities depending on interest, availability, and ability. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact REP staff directly.
after-school homework help
What? Volunteers assist youth in elementary school to high school with homework and basic skills development. Volunteers choose which day of the week to volunteer as well as the duration of their volunteer sessions. (A once-per-week commitment is preferred, but not required)
When? Monday-Thursday during the school year.
Elementary school students from 3pm to 4:30pm.
Middle school students from 4:30pm to 6pm.
High school students from 5:30pm to 7pm.
Why? Refugee kids 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!
bella pre-k readiness program
What? Volunteers interact with babies and teach tots basic skills. Class aides are needed. A once-per-week commitment is required.
When? Monday-Thursday, 10:00-11:30am
Why? Toddler enrichment helps young refugees enter school prepared and eager to learn, engage and thrive.
stars reading program
What? Volunteers help youth learn and enjoy English in one-on-one and small group reading sessions. A once-per-week commitment is required.
When? Monday - Thursday during the school year.
Elementary school students 3pm-4:30pm.
Why? Most refugee kids arrive with little knowledge of English, but enter regular classrooms. Building language abilities helps them become active, engaged students.
other ways to get involved
- Creative writing workshops for middle school students (Fridays 1:30-3:00pm)
- ACT preparedness for high school students (Fridays 4:00pm - 6:00pm)
- Administrative (Office-Based) Support
- Special Events:
- Group cleanups or read-ins
- Recreational outings
- Community gatherings, etc.
adult english classes (esol)
What? Volunteers instruct, assist, and substitute in instructing English language classes using a curriculum which includes basic mathematics and citizenship preparedness. BOTH teachers and class aides are needed. A once-per-week commitment is required. Lesson plans and materials are provided for teachers.
When? Monday - Wednesday from 10:00am - 11:30am.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:00 (Evening classes are currently being developed)
Why? English 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 enrichment program
What? Summer STARS and summer STEAM program. Volunteers instruct and assist in instructing small classes for refugee students, focusing on developing basic skills for 6 – 8 weeks during the summer. Volunteers also supervise reading time, recreation time, snack time, and field trips, and are needed to serve as summer camp counselors. A once-per-week commitment is required.
When? Monday - Thursday during June and July
Elementary school students from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Middle and high school students from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
(A once-per-week commitment is required.)
What? Volunteers partner with individual youth to build meaningful relationships and offer guidance and support. Mentor refugee youth in a group setting with REP staff support. You will build a relationship with youth by meeting up weekly, during which time you will develop life skills using an interactive curriculum, watch and discuss films, play games, and hang out. The next session of KuPanda will begin in September 2018
When? Mentor pairs will meet every Friday from 5:00pm - 7:00pm during the school year. There will also be special events and Saturday substitutions at times.
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 are able to supervise and interact with children of ESOL adult students.
When: The nursery is offered any time that ESOL classes are in session. Monday – Thursday 10:00–11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 – 7:00 pm (Evening classes are currently being developed.)
Why? Parents are busy working hard to learn English. Their kids need someone to watch them so that their parents can focus!