BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 27,000 refugees from 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 1,000 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 2,500 refugees and asylees.
SCOPE OF NEW YOUTH FUTURES PROGRAM INTERN WORK: The IRC’s Youth Futures Program addresses specific social and academic needs surrounding refugee and asylee youth through an after-school program and summer camp. Focused on academics, the after-school program helps students with their homework and school projects every school day. During summer break, the youth program offers a summer camp, which provides cultural, learning, social, and specific skill-building opportunities. This position generally requires a minimum of 15 hours a week for at least three months. The hours for this position are between 3:00 and 6:00pm during the school year and between 10:00am and 5:00pm during the summer.
· Assist high school refugee youth with homework
· Assist Youth Futures staff with program logistics
· Compile and update secondary and post-secondary resources and contacts
· Assist youth with college applications and/or writing resumes and searching for part-time/summer jobs
· Plan and prepare for Youth Futures events, especially Spring Break and Summer Program activities
· Build mentoring relationships with youth
· Enter data into databases and spreadsheets
· Provide other program and general administrative support as needed, such as documentation and file maintenance
· Excellent communication and writing skills
· Organizational skills with attention to detail
· Ability to work independently and take initiative in a fast-paced environment
· An interest in international and refugee issues
· Experience working with youth and/or young adults is preferred
· Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
· Strong desire to help people and enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting
· Computer literacy, preferably with PC systems
· A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle is beneficial
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
For more information, please contact VolunteerATL@rescue.org