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 them attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a School-Based Americorps Member to support our after-school programs and provide daytime support at Oakland International High School and Fremont High School (Oakland), which offer educational supports to newcomer students, and to match youth with trained volunteer tutors in our home-based tutoring program.

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours/week on an hourly basis. Required hours: 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM, Monday -Friday.


  • $17,160 ($1,430 monthly living stipend) from RT

  • $10,000 AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,095 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and $3,905 California For All Education Award).  Members may use the education award to pay for current educational expenses at an eligible institution, to repay qualified student loans, or to do both

  • Health care benefits (through Americorps)

  • Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans

  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)

  • Transportation reimbursement (through Refugee Transitions)

 Program/Employment Dates:

  • Aug 21st Program Start Date

  • Aug 21-23rd Program Orientation Days

  • Aug 26th Member first day @ placement site

  • July 2020- Program End Date


  1. Oakland International High School, 4521 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609 (Mon/Wed)

  2. Fremont High School, 4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601 (Tues/Thurs)

  3. Student homes in Oakland

 Your primary responsibilities will include:


  • Tutor high school students in all subjects and assist with homework completion and understanding

  • Read together with students and develop English skills

  • Provide daytime push-in and pull-out support for targeted students

  • Work with teachers to identify high need students and boost literacy skills

  • Mentor a number of selected students, and provide individual academic and socio-emotional support on-site


  • Interview new volunteers

  • Match volunteers with youth and adults for home-based tutoring/mentoring

  • Provide ongoing support to volunteers (in partnership with team members and partners)

  • Enter and track volunteer matches and logs in Salesforce

  • Attend follow up meetings, training and events

  • Monitor student wait-list, intake new students, outreach to partner schools and organizations

  • Chaperone group field trips (some weekends and evenings required)

  • Make follow up phone calls to families and volunteers

  • Refer students and families to appropriate wraparound or case management support services

  • Ensure that volunteers are completing monthly logs

  • Communicate directly with schools and teachers to ensure students and tutors receive appropriate support and guidance

  • Participate in and assist with supplemental training for home-based volunteers


  • Data entry and attendance support for participating programs

  • Enter and track volunteer matches and logs in Salesforce


  • Maintain close communication with the Site Coordinator and Program Manager

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

  • Interpret as needed

  • Assist with phone calls home to families, as needed


  • Interview and on-board after-school volunteers

  • Maintain close communication with volunteers in the after-school program ensuring that they understand and know about key dates and happenings in the program

  • Match volunteers with students in the after-school programs, as needed

  • Assist in maintaining and updating volunteer schedules for the after-school programs;

  • Participate in and assist with supplemental trainings for after-school volunteers


  • Ensure after-school space and other shared school space is well maintained and left as found

  • Assist in overseeing field trips and transportation for small groups and Youth Leaders (2-3 times per year)

  • Prepare opening and closing activities for after-school programs

  • Recruit new youth leaders to support the after-school program

  • Supervise, mentor, schedule, and build the skills of the Youth Leadership team

  • Participate in weekly team meetings and professional development

  • Support other projects as needed

 Required Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English & Spanish/bi-cultural/native speaker fluency

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

  • Ability to tutor in all subjects

  • Experience working in an education, enrichment and/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, teachers, school administrators, and, as needed, parents/guardians

  • Bachelor’s Degree OR completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units), experience working in youth programming (after-school programs, summer camps, etc.) serving newcomer youth

  • Commitment to preserving confidentiality, boundaries, and upholding mandated reporting responsibilities

  • Ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Past experience working in an after-school program

  • From an immigrant family (preferably from Mexico or Central America)

  • Should be able to connect with Spanish, Chinese and Arabic speaking youth (as well as other newcomers)

  • Special skills, abilities or interests such as soccer, dance, music, art, etc. to lead clubs and activities

  • 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 Oakland and/or 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: Please send your resume and cover letter to, with the subject: RT School-Based Americorps Member. Thank you!

AuthorAndrew Bogrand