We work to ensure that our youth and adult students have the educational and academic opportunities they need to become self-sufficient in the U.S. We believe that English language development and access to education can unlock opportunities and long-term success for refugee, immigrant, and asylee newcomers. 

Home-based Tutoring

Home-based Tutoring is Refugee Transitions' core service. We train volunteers to teach English language as well as life, civic, and other essential skills to both youth and adult newcomer students in students' homes. Learning English is critical to the success of newcomers as it allows them to access the world around them, communicate their needs, express their ideas, and participate in their environments. Youth tutors mentor newcomer children and help them succeed academically, grow their leadership skills, and build supportive relationships with adults and peers. Adult tutors and their students address the skills which the students have identified as the most important. Volunteers help students learn the language and literacy skills needed to engage more actively in community activities, access important civic institutions and community resources, and become leaders of their communities. Both our youth and adult home-based services are designed to develop a sense of community, belonging, and safety, while also fostering cross-cultural friendship with volunteers. Interested in tutoring a youth or adult newcomer student? We are looking for you.

After-School Tutoring

Our After-School Tutoring provides newcomer youth with individualized support from trained volunteers and staff, homework assistance, and mentoring opportunities. We currently have after-school programs at Oakland International High School and San Francisco International High School. As with our youth Home-based Tutoring, we are committed to creating a sense of belonging, develop leadership opportunities, and help youth build supportive relationships. If you love working with kids, we are looking for you

English Language and Literacy Classes

Our English Language and Literacy Classes provide adult newcomers with English language training and the skills they need to improve their employment options, fully participate in their children's education, access vital community resources, achieve self-sufficiency, and become active participants in their new communities. Refugee Transitions is the only nonprofit agency in the San Francisco Bay Area that arranges English language and civics classes at community sites. We hire qualified teachers, assess students using the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), and develop our curriculum to meet the needs of the newcomer student population. 

Summer Camps

Refugee Transitions holds two summer camp weekends--one for boys, and one for girls--in San Francisco’s Presidio Park, as well as academic and enrichment camps in the South Bay and the East Bay. At our overnight weekend camps, campers set up tents, sleep under the stars, cook meals, build campfires, practice English, play games, sing songs, explore the beach, and hike in the Presidio. In our academic and enrichment camps, the youth work on art projects, attend a variety of classes, and play soccer. Summer can be a particularly difficult time for newly arrived refugee youth, and our camps provide educational activities, English language classes, art therapy, and bonding opportunities that allow newcomer youth to continue their integration process outside of school in a safe, supportive environment. Our summer camps are an opportunity for youth to share their culture with others and make lasting friendships with those who have gone through similar experiences.