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Peer Mentor, Refugee Youth Summer Academy

International Rescue Committee
Working Time
Part Time


Since its inception in 1999, the Refugee Youth Program has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee youth and their communities in New York City. The Refugee Youth Program provides year round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools. 

Scope of Work: 

The Refugee Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on the English literacy, math, and learning skills newly arrived refugee, asylee and other vulnerable immigrant youth need to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public system. Students participate in academic and physical education classes, as well as creative arts programming, including theater, music and dance. 

Field trips are held on Fridays. Peer Mentors support the students' academic and social emotional growth during the Academy. Peer Mentors will be placed with one class of students for the duration of the Academy, supporting Teachers to ensure productive & enriching lessons, and serving as positive role models for refugee youth. 

Major Responsibilities: 

· Participate in the All-Staff orientation/training days, as well as all program meetings and staff development activities thereafter 

· Model appropriate student behavior and academic engagement with RYSA students at all times 

· Assist teachers and staff with various classroom activities and lessons on a daily basis 

· Tutor students individually or in small groups at the direction of the teacher 

· Assist in supervision of daily student meals and student sign in/out 

· Assist teachers and staff with afternoon activities and field trips on Fridays 

· Act as a positive role model for refugee youth 

· Assist teachers and staff with classroom management 

· Complete all staff evaluation 

· Other tasks as assigned by Lead and Assistant Teachers, and RYSA staff 

Learning Objectives : Peer Mentors will… 

1. Learn about the educational needs of newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth 

2. Learn how to support English Language Learning and social emotional development 

3. Develop skills in working across lines of cultural difference 




· Minimum age: rising high school senior 

· Ability to work well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds 

· Knowledge of classroom procedures; health and safety precautions a plus. 

· Experience working with children and/or peers highly desired 

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills 

· Strong team player who is self-directed 

· Mature, reliable, flexible, and punctual 

· Second language proficiency in relevant language desirable (including French, Spanish, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic, Mandingo, Bambara, Wolof, Fulani, Tibetan, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Burmese and Nepali