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Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, Refugee Youth Mentorship Program

Tucson, AZ | http://www.lss-sw.org/rymp
Joined in February 2021

About Us

For many refugee youth, resettlement in the United States can be an isolating experience. From experiencing the horrors of war to losing loved ones, the journey of survival is one that can leave a lasting impact long after they’ve found safety in a new country.

By matching mentors with refugees youth, the Refugee Youth Mentorship Program (RYMP) aims to foster self discovery, create a strong sense of community, and equip refugees to successfully navigate new systems while honoring their own cultural contributions to society. In doing so, we envision a world where refugee status youth are able to make a deep connection with the Tucson community through reciprocal, strength-based mentorship, in order that they may become empowered self-advocates that will invest in others.


Beliefs:

Reciprocity: We believe in the power of collaboration and community partnerships. We actively participate in the exchange of time and resources so the community can best support refugee status youth. 

Intercultural Exchange: Mentorship serves all participants, resulting in enhanced perspectives, deeper cultural understanding, and a sense of belonging. 

Growth Mindset: Creating a culture where effort, hard work and perseverance result in self-discovery and personal growth.

Reinvestment: Participants will become a voice and advocate for the community. This is an opportunity in leadership and innovation that will ensure the sustainability of community partnerships and the Ambassador Program.

Wellness: We strive to have all RYMP staff and mentors be trauma-informed; and promote a culture of safety, mindfulness, self-care, empowerment, connection, stability and healing.

HOW DOES A MENTEE FIND A MENTOR?

Using a 1:1 matching ratio, the program challenges each refugee youth to come up with their own “smart goals” (i.e. wanting to become a nurse). They are then matched up with a support mentor who guides them in achieving those goals.

From earning their GED and exploring new careers to simply practicing yoga for the first time, our refugee mentees are accomplishing great things with the help of their mentor and a community committed to their success.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Currently, there are about 70 mentors and mentees in the program, and we’re actively looking for those who want to get involved and change the world around them one life at a time.


The minimum commitment to this role is 4 months, but the relationships each mentor and mentee build last far longer. Our mentors understand this and strive to help their mentees accomplish their goals. Be part of that change by becoming a mentor today!

If interested, fill out the Tucson Refugee Youth Mentorship Interest form here. Please note, mentors must be based in Tucson. This is not a virtual opportunity.

Click here for a shareable flyer.

For more information on Refugee & Immigration Services at LSS-SW, click here.

For many refugee youth, resettlement in the United States can be an isolating experience. From experiencing the horrors of war to losing loved ones, the journey of survival is one that can leave a lasting impact long after they’ve found safety…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Communications Access
  • Immigrants or Refugees
  • Mental Health
  • Volunteering

Location & Contact

Current listings by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, Refugee Youth Mentorship Program

Volunteer +LocationDate Posted
Volunteer MentorTucson, AZFebruary 4, 2021

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