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' oldest program. In this program, trained volunteers make a long-term commitment of weekly tutoring and mentoring in our students' homes or community sites. Together, our volunteers and students create lasting friendships that break cultural boundaries, and transform our communities through the power of shared learning. 

Tutors who work with youth, mentor newcomer children and help them succeed academically, grow their leadership skills, and build supportive relationships with adults and peers. Tutors who work with adult students, address the skills which the students have identified as the most important. Volunteers help students learn the English 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. Interested in tutoring a youth or adult newcomer student? We are looking for you.

After-School Programs

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Our After-School Programs provide newcomer youth with individualized support from trained volunteers, staff, and youth leaders; homework assistance; and mentoring opportunities. We currently run after-school programs at San Francisco International High School (SFIHS), Oakland International High School (OIHS), and Fremont High School in Oakland. As with our youth Home-based Tutoring, we are committed to creating a sense of belonging, developing leadership opportunities, and helping youth build supportive relationships. If you love working with youth, we are looking for you

English Language and Literacy Classes

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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. 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

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Refugee Transitions holds two summer camp weekends--one for boys, one for girls--in San Francisco’s Presidio. At our overnight weekend camps, youth 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. Summer can be a particularly difficult time for newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth, and our camps provide educational and bonding opportunities that allow them to continue their adjustment to a new country and culture. 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.