Caregiver Engagement Intern
New York City (United States of America)
BACKGROUND: Founded in1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations, and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of newcomer youth and their communities in New York City. The Education and Learning department provides year round programming working directly with youth, their parents and families, and their schools.
SCOPE OF WORK:The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students ages 5 –21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.The Caregiver Engagement Intern will work with the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy’s administrative staff to coordinate communication between the school and parents & caregivers, including weekly newsletters, organizing parent teacher conferences, distribution of report cards and invitations for parents to attend such events as graduation. At the end of the Academy, the Caregiver Engagement Intern will assist in organizing post program Caregiver Surveys, as well as referring families for additional services.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:1.Develop skills in building rapport with newly arrived immigrant parents and building their understanding of the American education system2.Learn effective parent outreach and engagement strategies3.Develop strategies to communicate important messages across linguistic and cultural divides
RESPONSIBILITIES:•Completeonline training modules, participate in live training, as well as all program meetings and staff development activities thereafter•Prior to the start of the Academy, conduct outreach to families confirming their attendance, as well as coordinating the distribution and translation of the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Welcome Packet •Coordinate and perform outreach to families inviting them to special events including the Family Orientation, Talent Show, International Food and Fashion Show, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Workshops, Parent ESOL classes and Graduation, liaising with members of the on-site interpretation team as well as IRC community interpreters•Prepare weekly newsletter for families about Academy events, securing translation for all represented languages•Research and compile community resources to include in weekly newsletters for families in need of local support •Provide support to parents and caregivers, connecting them with teachers, the student support team or other Newcomer Youth Summer Academy personnel as needed•Lead outreach for Parent Teacher Conferences during the 4thweek of the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy, coordinating with classroom and Operations staff as needed •Coordinate one Parent Workshop in conjunction with Advocates for Children of New York & Community Engagement Intern•Assist in enrolling parents and caregivers into Parent ESOL Classes •Assist in enrolling new students into the Academy in compliance with IRC policies and procedures•Support newly arrived families in enrolling their children in New York City public schools throughout the summer