Community Leadership 


We recruit and train former students and community members whose resilience, language skills, and cultural competence strengthen the communities we serve and expand our impact. With their background and experiences, we believe that newcomers can provide the strongest solutions to the challenges faced by refugee and immigrant communities.

Youth Leadership 

We provide leadership training and support to refugee youth who already serve as leaders and sources of support in their communities. This service provides newcomer youth with a structured environment to learn leadership skills, network with other young leaders, receive academic guidance and counseling, develop peer tutoring skills, and learn how to link their communities to existing local resources. These youth serve as ambassadors from the newcomer communities to Refugee Transitions and local service providers.

Peer & Alumni Tutoring

High-achieving newcomer students and alumni tutor their peers at least one hour per week to gain leadership skills. Peer Tutors are selected through nominations by classroom teachers, volunteers, and our After-School Tutoring coordinators. Peer Tutors receive two hours of initial training plus additional trainings and support over the course of the semester, along with stipends.

Community Navigators 

Refugee Transitions recruits, trains, and pays Community Navigators--adult newcomers who help assist newly arrived community members from their shared home countries. Our Community Navigators are able to build their skills while assisting highly vulnerable community members learn English, access local resources, and advance towards self-sufficiency.

Community Navigators make a minimum commitment of 6 months--at least 50 hours of tutoring and 10 hours of record-keeping (maintaining and submitting monthly logs of hours and assisting with post-testing). They also complete monthly progress reports and keep in touch with staff. We deeply appreciate their work!