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Our mission Samaritas is proud to be Michigan’s largest private foster care organization, helping more than 800 children daily.

Samaritas Refugee Youth Services

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Ways to help youth thrive

Refugee Mentor

The Refugee Mentoring & Tutoring Program works to provide appropriate adults to help meet the specific needs of the individual youth. We want mentors that help youth adjust to a new culture in the United States as well as improve their personal, social, and independent living skills. Tutors in our program should be patient enough to work with youth as they develop their English skills and help youth develop positive study habits for their success. Please note Samaritas was formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, and underwent a name change effective April 4, 2016. Mentors must be at least 18 years old, complete an interview and mentor training. Mentors must be able to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Central Registry Clearance, and TB Test. Mentors must be able to use their own vehicle and are reimbursed for mileage.
  • Academic Support
  • Weekly
  • Other
  • Education, Emotional, Social Skills
  • High School
  • Same One-to-One
  • Foster Care, LGBTQ+
  • Community Center
  • Adults, Adults (18+), 55+, 18-24
  • Individuals
  • 1 School Year
  • 2 Hours/Week
  • Weekday Afternoons, Weekends
Ways to help

Mentoring

Mentors are volunteers who build a relationship of unconditional caring and friendship to help refugee teens learn independent living and social skills. As positive role models, mentors share their knowledge and experience to help the youth adjust to differences they experience in the United States. Mentors also help them explore educational and career choices.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Families
  • Virtual, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Interpreters

Interpreters facilitate effective communication for limited English proficient refugee youth. They bridge the gap between language barriers and help the youth adjust to their new home. Interpreters are responsible for listening to, understanding, and translating spoken or written statements from one language to another. Interpreters are paid for providing this service and must be fluent in both English and one other target language.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor
  • None, On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Tutoring

Tutors help youth succeed in a new educational system and develop positive study habits. Tutors must have a bachelor’s degree in any field of study and may work with one youth or several.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteers help the youth adjust to differences they experience in the United States.
About us Samaritas is proud to be Michigan’s largest private foster care organization, helping more than 800 children daily.
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