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International Rescue Committee Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Peer Mentor in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req49319

Job Title: Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Peer Mentor

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 0.00 - 0.00 Hourly

Location: New York, NY RAI USA

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

Position: Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Peer Mentor

Reports to: Youth Education and Partnerships Specialists, Classroom Teachers

Position Term: Orientation: June 28 2024, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Training: July 1-3 2024, 9:00am – 5:00pm;

Program Dates: July 8, 2024 – August 16, 2024

Shif ts: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm OR Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-4:00pm;

AND ALL Peer Mentors required to be present on Fridays 8:00am – 4:00pm.


Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community -based organizations and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee and immigrant youth and their communities in New York City. The Youth Education Program provides yearround programming working directly with refugee and immigrant youth, their parents and families, and their schools.

Position Overview:

The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived immigrant youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.

Peer Mentors support the students' academic and social emotional growth during the Academy. Peer Mentors will be placed with a single class of students for the six-week duration of the Academy, supporting all Classroom Teachers to ensure productive and enriching lessons and to serve as positive role models for students.

From Monday to Thursday, Peer Mentors work either the morning shif t (8:00am to 12:00pm) or the afternoon shift (12:00pm to 4:00pm). On Fridays, all Peer Mentors work the full day (8:00am to 4:00pm) to support students and staff on field trips.

Major Responsibilities:

• Complete all staf f training prior to the start of the program, as well as all program meetings and staff development activities thereafter

• Model appropriate student behavior and academic engagement with the Academy students at all times

• Assist teachers and staf f with various classroom activities and lessons on a daily basis

• Tutor students individually or in small groups at the direction of the teacher

• Assist in supervision of daily student meals and student arrival/dismissal

• Assist teachers and staff with whole school community building activities

• Attend all f ield trips on Fridays and assist teachers and staf f in student supervision

• Act as a positive role model for students

• Assist teachers and staff with classroom management

• Complete all staff evaluation

• Other tasks as assigned by Classroom Teachers and IRC staff



• Minimum age: 17+ and must be at least a rising high school senior.

• MUST be able to work in-person.

• Ability to work well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds

• Knowledge of classroom procedures; health and safety precautions a plus.

• Experience working with children and/or peers highly desired

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

• Strong team player who is self-directed

• Mature, reliable, flexible, and punctual

• Fluency in written and spoken English required. Second language proficiency in relevant

language highly desirable (including Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Fulani, Haitian Creole, Mandarin,

Mandingo, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Wolof )

• Must be available for all training days and for the entire duration of the program. No exceptions.

• Candidates must be willing to work in-person for the duration of the program.

• Candidates must have work authorization in the Unites States.


Interviews and hiring occur on a rolling basis. Outreach to candidates will begin the week of February

26th, 2024. Applications are due at 11:59pm on June 17, 2024.

Working Environment: The Academy takes place in a centrally located New York City public school. All

participants must be willing to relocate to New York City for the entirety of the Program.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate

of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications f rom candidates who can demonstrate that they can

contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender

expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that

individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or

interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of

employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.