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Refugee Transitions (RT) assists refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the U.S. by providing volunteer and staff-directed program services that help newcomers attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities. Refugee Transitions began in 1982 in San Francisco as the Refugee Women's Program and became an independent agency in 1990. With a current FY2018-2019 budget of $1,407,987, the agency provides Education, Family Engagement and Community Leadership programs to over 2,000 newcomers throughout the Bay Area.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Refugee Transitions (RT; is a nonprofit agency that provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs to low-income newcomers who have sought refuge in the U.S. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a Program Mentor to work in RT’s After-School Program at San Francisco International High School, a public high school serving youth who have been in the U.S. for four years or less.

Time Commitment: Up to 15 hours/week (at least 3 days/week including Wednesday) on an hourly basis following the 2018-2019 San Francisco Unified School District calendar.

Program hours: 3:00 - 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & 1:00 - 6:00pm on Wednesday (required). Please note that there will be an additional early release day approximately once a month (usually Thursday), and the working time on this day will be from 1:00 - 4:00pm.

Compensation: $16.00-$19.00/hour depending on qualifications and experience for this hourly non-exempt position.

Program/Employment Dates: SFUSD begins on August 20, 2018 and ends on June 4, 2019.

Location: San Francisco International High School (SFIHS), 655 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Your primary responsibilities will include:



+ Plan fun and engaging activities for the Game Room;

+ Organize and recruit students for game tournaments (i.e. chess, Connect Four, Uno, etc.)


+ Take students outside to engage in physical activities as per planned schedule or as needed based on student request/behavior;

+ Organize and recruit students for outside activities (soccer, basketball, etc.)


+ Handle all documentation and follow through with the “Progressive Response to Challenging Behavior” matrix;

+ Catalogue all board games and draft a game schedule for the Game Room;

+ Obtain food handler certification in order to be able to assist Site Coordinator in the distribution and accounting of snack/supper.


+ Maintain close communication with the Site Coordinator;

+ Develop and maintain a high level of communication and positive relationships with students, principal, teachers, office staff, lunch clerks, custodians, and after-school staff.


+ Interpret as needed;

+ As needed, help RT's Sr. Program Coordinator make calls to families and/or accompany her to the homes of Arabic-speaking students being matched with a volunteer for home-based tutoring/mentoring.

Required Qualifications:

+ Bilingual in English & Arabic/bi-cultural/native speaker fluency;

+ Highly mature with ability to connect with newcomer youth (in particular male high school age from Yemen), and be able to support them to make appropriate choices and to build a supportive environment;

+ Experience working in an education, enrichment &/or recreation program serving youth;

+ Strong facilitation skills;

+ Experience working with or personal connection to English language learner youth;

+ Must be very mature, outgoing and proactive in approaching and engaging students in the after-school program;

+ Must be able to organize engaging physical and non-physical activities and coordinate groups;

+ Must be very flexible and able to adapt to a changing environment!

+ Ability to work with youth of different cultural backgrounds;

+ Ability to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including staff, students, school administrators, and, as needed, parents/guardians;

+ Completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units) with experience working in youth programming (after-school programs, summer camps, etc.) serving newcomer youth;

+ Commitment to preserving confidentiality, boundaries, and upholding mandated reporting responsibilities; and

+ Ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Past experience working in &/or running an after-school program;

+ Past experience supervising volunteers;

+ From an immigrant family (preferably from Yemen or the Middle East);

+ In addition to speaking Arabic, should be able to connect with Spanish and Chinese speaking youth (as well as other newcomers);

+ Ability to work with English language learners;

+ Experience working with middle or high school age students in the U.S.;

+ Experience working in community-based education programs;

+ Familiarity with San Francisco Unified School District;

+ Experience working with social service organizations and community service providers serving high- need newcomers and non-English speaking families.

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies; and ability to carry approximately 15 pounds of food up a flight of stairs.

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept some evening hours for additional meetings/trainings/special events.

Application procedure: Send your resume and brief cover letter (with your availability) to and put in subject line: RT After-School Program Mentor @ SFIHS

AuthorAndrew Bogrand