Youth Programs Intern for Family Access & Engagement
The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors and local volunteers to help refugees, asylees and those with Special Immigrant Visas translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Denver and other offices across the country, the IRC helps refugees and asylees to rebuild their lives through services and programs that assist with initial resettlement through longer-term integration. Presently, these services are case management, employment services, psychosocial support, family stabilization, health coordination, health insurance literacy, family reunification and programs for children and youth. The Denver office also has a legal services program to provide pro bono legal representation to survivors of torture, as well as direct legal services for family-based immigration.
Internship Overview: The Youth Program intern will support overall youth team services and programs, with a primary focus on connecting families to resources and programs. The intern will help conduct needs and interest assessments either over the phone or in-person with families for understanding of family’s needs for IRC youth team program development. Then they will help connect families to the local community resources, libraries, recreation centers, and school resource hubs, while helping families navigate how to access resources, for example transportation getting to programs or resources. They will also support family outreach with community events or programs happening.
Some of the responsibilities may include:
Communicating with youth and families either through interpretation line or IRC in-person interpreter staff
Conducting family and youth needs and interests assessment by calling or visiting families to complete the IRC family assessment questionnaire, and then log the responses in the data excel sheet and as well case notes.
Providing family resource navigation support such as how to get to their neighborhood centers and how to access resources at centers: local library, school resource hub, community recreation centers, etc.
Coordinating with IRC donation supply staff and clients for bicycle distribution to their home.
Supporting IRC youth team afterschool or during school programs with program material preparation and help facilitating activities.
Time Commitment: 10-15 Hours per week
- Strong communication skills and comfort working with Microsoft platforms. - Previous experience working with youth. - Organized for record keeping of case notes, client calls, and service documentation. - Compassion, patience, and cultural humility working with newcomer families. - Willingness to transport clients with personal vehicle and insurance - Flexibility to work remotely and in person for this position.
- Intern will gain knowledge and experience working within U.S. resettlement process and education systems. - Intern will gain experience in youth assessment, program design and implementation processes. - Intern will gain work experience in community partnership development and direct service delivery.
This position reports to the Youth Program Specialist for Family Engagement and Education Access
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